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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eminem took a hiatus after the release of his first motion picture, 8 Mile, in late 2002, but it never seemed like he went away. Part of that is the nature of celebrity culture, where every star cycles through gossip columns regardless of whether they have a project in the stores or theaters, and part of it is that Marshall Mathers kept busy, producing records by his protégés D12, Obie Trice, and 50 Cent -- all hit albums -- with the latter turning into the biggest new hip-hop star of 2003. All this activity tended to obscure the fact that Eminem hadn't released a full-length album of new material since The Eminem Show in early summer 2002, and that two and a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eminem took a hiatus after the release of his first motion picture, 8 Mile, in late 2002, but it never seemed like he went away. Part of that is the nature of celebrity culture, where every star cycles through gossip columns regardless of whether they have a project in the stores or theaters, and part of it is that Marshall Mathers kept busy, producing records by his protégés D12, Obie Trice, and 50 Cent -- all hit albums -- with the latter turning into the biggest new hip-hop star of 2003. All this activity tended to obscure the fact that Eminem hadn't released a full-length album of new material since The Eminem Show in early summer 2002, and that two and a half years separated that album and its highly anticipated sequel, Encore. As the title suggests, Encore is a companion piece to The Eminem Show the way that The Marshall Mathers LP mirrored The Slim Shady LP, offering a different spin on familiar subjects. Where his first two records dealt primarily with personas and characters, his second two records deal with what those personas have wrought, which tends to be intrinsically less interesting than the characters themselves, since it's dissecting the aftermath instead of causing the drama. On The Eminem Show that kind of self-analysis was perfectly acceptable, since Eminem was on the top of his game as both a lyricist and rapper; his insights were vibrant and his music was urgent. Musically, Show didn't innovate, but it didn't need to: Eminem and his mentor, Dr. Dre, had achieved cruising altitude, and even if they weren't offering much that was new, the music sounded fresh and alive. Here, the music is spartan, built on simple unadorned beats and keyboard loops. Some songs use this sound to its advantage and a few others break free -- "Yellow Brick Road" is a tense, cinematic production, yet it fits the subject matter. Eminem has decided to chronicle what's happened to him over the past two years and refute every charge that's made it into the papers. This is quite a bit different than his earlier albums, when he embellished and exaggerated his life, when his relationship with his estranged wife Kim turned into an outlaw ballad, when his frenetic insults, cheap shots, and celeb baiting had a surreal, hilarious impact. Here, Eminem is plain-spoken and literal, intent on refuting every critic from Benzino at The Source to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who gets an entire song "Ass Like That" devoted to him. While the album is a little long, it's worth a listen to hear the moments that work really well, whether it's full songs or flights of phrase. [Interscope released a clean version with the profanity edited away.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2004
  • Label: Aftermath
  • UPC: 602498646731
  • Catalog Number: 000377272
  • Sales rank: 71,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curtains Up (0:46)
  2. 2 Evil Deeds (4:13)
  3. 3 Never Enough - 50 Cent (2:39)
  4. 4 Yellow Brick Road (5:46)
  5. 5 Like Toy Soldiers (4:50)
  6. 6 Mosh (5:17)
  7. 7 Puke (4:07)
  8. 8 My 1st Single (5:02)
  9. 9 Paul (0:32)
  10. 10 Rain Man (5:13)
  11. 11 Big Weenie (4:26)
  12. 12 Em Calls Paul (1:07)
  13. 13 Just Lose It (4:08)
  14. 14 Ass Like That (4:25)
  15. 15 Spend Some Time - Stat Quo (5:10)
  16. 16 Mockingbird (4:10)
  17. 17 Crazy in Love (4:03)
  18. 18 One Shot 2 Shot - D12 (4:15)
  19. 19 Final Thought (0:30)
  20. 20 Encore - 50 Cent (5:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We as Americans (4:39)
  2. 2 Love You More (4:47)
  3. 3 Ricky Ticky Toc (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist, Rap
Dr. Dre Rap
Luis Resto Keyboards
Mark Batson Bass, Keyboards
Nate Dogg Rap
Mike Elizondo Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar
50 Cent Rap
D12 Rap
Obie Trice Rap
Lindsay Collins screams
Stat Quo Rap, Track Performer
Steve King Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dr. Dre Audio Production
Luis Resto Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mark Batson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Melvin Bradford Composer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Mike Elizondo Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Andre Young Composer
A. Wilson Composer
A. Young Composer
Eminem Producer, Audio Production
Che Pope Composer
N. Hale Composer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Tony Campana Engineer
Curtis Jackson Composer
Obie Trice Composer
R. Arthur Johnson Composer
Sarah Catlett Studio Coordinator
Mike Chav Engineer
Che Vicious Programming
Steve King Composer, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Hes AMAZING! my dad used to sing to me the song mockingbird when

    Hes AMAZING! my dad used to sing to me the song mockingbird when I was little cause my name is Hayley too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST

    Hands down Em is the best rapper out there. This isn't his best cd but it is still great. He really says what he wants and is not afraid to. "Mockingbird" really shows how much he loves his daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but Em's losing steam

    "Rain Man" is a hilarious song. Toy Soldiers is good too, although the chorus is lifted straight from the 1989 Martika song. Altogether though, Eminem just isn't as good as 1999 anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    m&m is da bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I never liked rap until I heard m&m on mtv2 like toy soldiers. My family hates rap my dad love country and that's it. I was watching mtv2 andd that song was on my dad nearly cried. Mosh, encore, and mocking bird pull the cd togather to form a masterpiece. BUY THIS CD!!!!!!!!!!! you won't be disapointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was OK

    I like eminem kinda. I love like toy soldiers. It is so moving and beautiful.

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