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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Gangsta & Hardcore / Artist: Eminem / Audio CD released 2004-11-12 at Polydor Group

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      05.11.2011 03:48
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      Eminem's weakest album, but as always, worth a listen.

      Almost every artist has at least one album in their catalogue that they're embarrassed by, that they'd rather disown or which the fans and critics generally consider to be a dud. For Eminem, that album is this one, 'Encore'. I'm sure many reading this, and many fans and critics alike will say it was 'Relapse' but that's simply not true - 'Relapse' is an airtight, bombastic album that is nearly top to bottom perfection in rhyme and flow. And consistency. This album ('Encore') on the other hand, is a mixed bag. First of all let me say, this album had serious potential. If you ignore the music for a moment and just look at the artwork and concept... this could of been something special. Eminem makes his albums in pairs, and this was the conclusion to 'The Eminem Show', the encore to it. Which is why he's taking a bow of course, and he's then apparently going to kill the audience and himself. So that's the concept, but he unfortunately pretty much abandons it for most of the record. It's loosely threaded through the album with the opening and closing, and of course the artwork but other than that... you have a shoddy collection of random records. It starts out with promise, with "Evil Deeds". One thing Em always gets right is the opening. In fact he hasn't failed in that department on any of his albums, he certainly knows how to open a show with a bang. Then we move onto "Never Enough" which is a fairly simplistic track but it features a lovely verse from Em, a decent verse from 50 (which was obviously written by Em) and a nice smooth hook from Nate Dogg, it moves things along just fine. Next we move into a storytelling track, "Yellow Brick Road". This is easily one of the strongest tracks on the album, it's very well written and has a great bridge, and nice production. This track is an example of Em milking a public event or perception of him for material but it allows him to look outward and speak more broadly on hip-hop and you hear mentions of racism in his childhood which, is more captivating than the usual string of characters. Eminem is an extremely talented lyricist and it's always a shame to hear him box himself in to the same topics. Then comes "Mosh" which is in my opinion the strongest track on the album. Or certainly top three. It's a political track, and an anti-Bush and anti-war track. Most lyricists would have and have in the past made this kind of song a mundane affair, but even in his slightly drugged-out state, Eminem makes it enticing. A lot of fans and political commentators would probably accuse Em of being ill-informed or too simplistic of political matters to make a song like this. But this is not true. Politicians like to perpetuate this myth that politics is 'too complex' to comprehend or that you need to be 'in the know' so that people don't ask too many questions. It's an easy way to assure conformity. It comes down to motive, corruption, intent and justification. And Eminem, as any intelligent human being does, understands these concepts well and uses his lyricism and art to express his views in this area. Very articulately and poetically I might add. My favourite line from the song is: "Look in his eyes, it's all lies, the stars and stripes have been swiped - washed out and wiped, and replaced with his own face, mosh now or die!" Now regardless of whether you agree with Eminem, or whether Eminem is spouting complete rubbish, that makes absolutely no difference on the execution of that writing. That writing is captivating in the way that it sounds, and that's what is important in an Eminem song as he's a wordsmith. Not to say what he's saying isn't important, but he's always been more about execution than message, despite people focusing on his message more-so. I won't go through every single track as I find track-by-track reviews pretty monotonous personally. I think it's best to highlight the good and the bad, mention or loosely analyse a few tracks and then provide a conclusion and summary of the work. So, I've mentioned a few of the best tracks to me. After "Mosh" the album gets gooey and moves into silly territory. This is actually because tracks originally intended for the album ("We As Americans" to name but one) leaked early, and so Eminem made new material to replace the leaked tracks, so that fans would still be surprised. He said he basically took a hand full of pills and went in the studio and had a party with himself. Hence, "Rain Man" and "Big Weenie". These silly tracks... despite containing some surprisingly clever and left-brained witty ideas, pretty much ruin the album. They contradict the initial tone and therefore the album begins to feel muddled and confused. As Eminem himself was at this time. So it makes sense that his material would reflect his mindset, given the fact he puts his life into his work. We move through some more throwaway songs and come to another favourite of mine and possibly the best song on the album, "Crazy In Love". A lot of fans hate this track or find it embarrassing but the flow is bananas and the lyricism is brilliant. This track is one of a few that showed real growth from 'The Eminem Show'. You could tell that he was trying to evolve but just not fully being able to, not quite knowing where to go and coming unstuck at times. Losing his grip. This track is definitely 'on the money' though. Take a look at a sample of some of the lyricism... "You are the ink to my paper, what my pen is to my pad - the morale, the very fibre, the whole substance to my rap. You are my reason for being, the meaning of my existence" That kind of writing was much more accurate to his age at that time. He was a guy moving into his 30s, and I'm not one for this pretentious idea that you need to lose your sense of play as you grow older, but he was certainly more mature in a lot of respects and I think this song shows that. His writing shows that. Could you imagine the Eminem of 'The Slim Shady LP' writing those lyrics? anybody TRULY familiar with his work I'm sure could, as he was writing like this on 'Infinite'. He's always had a mind for literary speak, a sharp tongue, a way with words, a talent that stretches beyond the boundaries of rap. He's a writer at heart. So to sum up, I'd personally rate 'Encore' 5 or 6 out of 10. It received lukewarm reviews at the time of its release and I think that's fair. It's fair because this album contains some great material, and some awful material. But it's not a total dud. It's more of a shame and a disappointment of what 'could have been', as I say... just imagine if he had carried through with the concept of doing one final show, and then killing the audience and himself. But imagine the tracks reflected this concept realistically, like scenes in a movie... it could of been something special. Overall, it's easily Eminem's weakest and least consistent album. But, even if it was a complete train wreck I'd recommend listening to it if you're a fan as, why wouldn't you? I've never understood people who take reviews over their own curiosity. Somebody may think something is awful and you may love it. So it's always worth finding out for yourself, regardless. And of course for the pure fun and experience of experiencing every stage of an artist's career.

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      12.10.2011 02:28
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      Eminem's fifth album

      Who Is Eminem? Eminem aka Slim Shady, real name Marshall Mathers, is a 38 year old rapper from America. Eminem grew up in Detroit, an area with a bit of a name for itself (gangsters, shootings etc). Eminem's dad left him and his mother when Eminem was just 18 months old, and his mum raised him by herself. His mum, Debbie, is very well known by Eminem's fans because he mentions her so much in his songs. How sweet does that sound? Well, it's actually not that sweet, and the things he says about her are quite.. well i'll just say nasty, and somewhat disturbing. His daughter is also mentioned in a few songs, which is very sweet and you can tell he really loves her to pieces. Eminem began performing amateur raps and participating in freestyle contests at the age 14. I was quite suprised when I found this out as because he's so talented I assumed he'd gotten into rap when he was much younger then 14. In his teens, before Eminem began his successful solo career, he was part of a rap group called Bassmint Productions, who later changed their name to Soul Intent. The band didn't have enough money for studio time, and only lasted a couple of years. In 1992, Eminem was signed to his first label, and since then he was released 7 studio albums - Infinite (1996), The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), The Eminem Show (2002), Encore (2004), Relapse (2009) and Recovery (2010). He also has thirteen Grammy Awards and is known world wide for his rapping abilities. Encore Encore is Eminem's fifth studio album. It was released in late 2004 and in the first three days of it release sold 710,000 copies. 9 months down the line, worldwide sales stood at 11 million copies, which I think is amazing and it really reflects how popular and talented Eminem is. The album was certified quadruple platinum in America in December 2004, just one month after it was released. The album, like all of Eminem's other albums, is a rap album. Compared to his previous albums, this isn't as hardcore or as serious - there are a few songs on their which have very fast, flawless verses and vocals, however a majority of the songs are more silly, for example "Just Lose It", which pokes fun at Michael Jackson, and Big Weenie, which is probably the silliest song in the history of music! Despite this though, I still love the album, and although some of the songs are silly, over the top and slightly ridiculous, they're still humerous and the lyrics still speak a majority of truth. The album produced five Singles, which came highly in a number of charts, including Billboard Hot 100 and UK Top 40. The album generally recieved a positive reception however critics were quite harsh on the fact that the album was slightly toned down compared to his previous releases. I first came across this album when I was in my early teens. Before then I hadn't really heard of Eminem, nor had I really been interested in his music. My boyfriend at the time introduced me to the album and bought me a copy for Christmas as I became to really enjoy Eminem's music. The Encore album for me holds lots of memories, I pretty much grew up listening to it and I am still not sick of it. I would say that this is probably his best album, but I am probably biased due to the memories it holds for me. The album overall was a huge success in a number of countries and I am not suprised by this at all - Eminem deserves all the credit he can get for this amazing album. Album Artwork The album artwork for Encore is seemingly very simple, however once you listen to the songs you start to realise what's going on in the picture.. i'm not really sure whether I should say or not, but I will because I am aware that alot of people enjoy reading the back story of an album's artwork. It's a photograh, and Eminem is taking a bow on stage after his final performance, with his hand behind his back. Sounds seemingly innocent, yes? In fact, he has got a gun behind his back and in the song 'Encore' he starts shooting his audience, and once they're all dead, shoots himself. I will talk more about this in the 'Tracklist' part of my review, but I basically think the meaning behind it is that he wants to kill off all ties he has with the nutty persona, Slim Shady, which he created, and that part of him - the insane, slightly too outspoken side of him, is dead. The artwork is really powerful once you know the meaning behind it, because the picture captures the calm before the storm. When I bought my CD it came with a little booklet. The booklet had tracklists, lyrics, copyright bits and bobs and also pictures. The pictures are of the audience screaming and running, and some are wounded/dead. Obviously the people in the pictures are actors, the blood is all makeup, so it's not excactly disturbing, but it really brings the songs on the album to life. As I said though, if you don't know the meaning behind the album cover it seems very simple - he's just stood, slightly bowing, with a very basic colour scheme - it's mainly blue and quite 'murky', with Eminem's red tie and blonde hair sticking out like a sore thumb. I am aware, however, that the colour of the album can vary, and I have seen a red one which is slightly different. On the right hand side of the album it has a Parental Advisory sticker, warning that the album contains graphic content. The back of the album lists the songs, each is numbered in the order in which it appears on the album. There is a picture of a microphone and the font is written over a picture of stage curtains, keeping the whole stage theme that is on the front of the album. Price and Availablity I got my copy of the album for Christmas, way back in 2004. I have no idea how much it cost my then boyfriend, but current prices are very reasonable. Encore can be bought from a majority of music shops such as HMV, CEX, etc and is also available from Supermarkets. Amazon and Play also sell it. Prices for a brand new copy varies from £3-£12, although due to the age of the album a copy can be picked up on eBay for as cheap as 99p. Even at the highest price, I think it is well worth it - you get 20 tracks, 16 of which are full length, so I don't think anyone can complain that this album is a waste of money! The Songs Track 1 Curtains Up (Skit) This is a short 46 second long skit which is the album's opening. There are no vocals in this and it simply features the sound of the stage curtains being opened. Not a huge amount to say about it really as it is just a few noises with a mild beat which reminds me a bit of a nursery rhyme which slowly dims down, it has the audience clapping, waiting for his appearence etc, then the mic screeches and he clears his throat to start his preformance. It's not a song, so I was a bit let down however it is a good opening to the album because it reflects what is going on in the album cover. Track 2 Evil Deeds This song is really good and starts the album off well. I love the instrumentals in the intro, it's very fast paced and has a dark feel to it but gets the tension really built up waiting for the explosion of vocals and fast paced rapping. The song is very sad and makes me feel very empathetic for him, it's about how he grew up feeling like nobody wanted him, how he felt like a burden to his mum because he reminded her of his dad and how he felt confused growing up in a place where the ethnic was of a black minority, and he was the only white child in the school - "predominantly white, predominantly black. Well, what about me, where does that leave me? Well I guess that I'm between predominantly both of 'em" The song also shows how frustrated he is with how his fans and a majority of people looking in on his life view him, and he feels like people are getting sick of him complaining about his childhood because he's rich now so that must make everything okay - "Woe is me, there goes poor Marshall again, whining about his millions and his mansion and his sorrow he's always drownin' in", and how jealos people are of him etc, but money can't solve his problems and he wishes he could forget all the bad that happened in his childhood such as his mother's drug addiction and his dad walking out. He was also very deprived as a child and rarely got Christmas presents - "Dear Santa Clause, why you not comin' this year again, what did I do that was so bad to deserve this?" As a result of his childhood he has done some bad things, which he refers to as "evil deeds", and he wishes to be free of the burden of carrying all the wrong that has happened to him, and the wrong that he has caused, and in this song it sounds like he is praying to God for forgiveness and help - "So please god, give me the strength to have what it takes to carry on". Overall this is a fast paced, quick moving song which really shows off Eminem's rapping abilities, the chorus is very catchy and although it sounds like an upbeat rap when you sit and listen to the lyrics they're very touching, they make me want to give him a big hug! I also imagine this song will be quite relatable to some people, I myself can relate to the part about his father walking out. It's a very gritty song, although I have no doubt that some bits and bobs have been added in there for the fun of it, such as the bits about the babies head popping off etc lol. Track 3 Never Enough I really like this song - very fast paced with flawless vocals and lyrics, the beat goes well with the song and is upbeat, keeping the sound of the song quite gritty and hardcore, the chorus is very catchy and the kind that gets stuck in your head for days. The song features 50 cent, a well known rapper, and Nate Dogg, another rapper who I am not familiar with. He simply sings the chorus and he has a good voice which really goes with the song. 50 cent's verse is good, but sounds a bit too poser-ish/cocky, it'd be better if he stuck with the serious, gritty tone. In his verse he is saying how his rapping abilities are better than other rappers and he's the best rapper on the scene - "your sh*t sounds dated, you're overrated, i'm obligated to study your moves then crush you motherf*ckers." Eminem's verse is by no doubt the best, he moves with such pace and makes rapping seem so effortless. He's talking about how greatful to God he is for his talent, and he's thankful for his not so great upbringing because it has made him who he is - "believe it or not, I thank my mom for how she raised me. In the neighborhood daily, they jumped and chased me, it only made me what I am today" Overall this is a good song, it's a really good song with some lines that make you do a double take, this song really proves that Eminem is one of the best rappers around and he puts 50 Cent's rapping to shame in my opinion, although saying that I am not really a 50 cent fan, I just found Eminem's vocals to be much more 'true' sounding, faster paced and understandable - because of 50 cent's tone of voice it's sometimes hard to catch what he actually says. Track 4 Yellow Brick Road This isn't a song that I liked at first because it's quite slow moving, and sounds like a skit at first due to the sampling in the intro. The sampling features vocab of a doctor talking about either mental health or obesity, i'm not completely sure, and saying that if nothing is done then they will become "an age of the gross" The song is quite lengthy, but I don't get bored of it half way through or anything. The song doesn't particullary focus on one subject so it isn't the easiest song to describe. The bit that sticks out to be is the part where he's accused of been racist after making a rap track about his mixed race girlfriend and the "black guy" she left him for, and the tape was of Eminem presumably 'dissing him' and aso comparing the mixed race girl to white girls and basically been quite unpleasant towards the black race, and in this song he's explaining that he made a mistake by making the track and he regrets it - "I singled out a whole race and for that I apologize." He also mentions alot of names i've never heard of and talks about his friendship etc with them so I think maybe he's going through his college/school, although this is unlikely as he dropped out of school when he was reasonably young so it's likely about his old friends from the rap group he was in, and his memories of them, etc - I could be wrong though! Overall it is a good song, it's catchy but I do think some people may find it slightly too long and a little repetitive. Track 5 Like Toy Soldiers I really like this song. It opens with children singing, which is sampled from a song of the same name by Marta Marrero. They're singing about soldiers been shot and falling down "like toy soldiers". Then sound effects of an aircraft and gunfire appear and Eminem bursts into a full blown rap which is pretty angry sounding lol. Eminem's rapping in this song is flawless and goes extremely well with the background music. The song is a reply to a track by Ja Rule (an American rapper) entitled "Loose Change" which was a freestyle. In the song he 'dissed' Eminem. The line was ""Em, you claim your mother is a crackhead and Kim is a known slut/So what's Hailie gonna be when she grows up?" Eminem is talking about how he can refrain from retailiating to comments about himself - "I'm supposed to be the soldier who never blows his composure", however when it comes to his daughter he isn't going to stand back and let nasty things be said. There is basically alot of bad feeling between Eminem and Ja Rule, and also bad feeling between Dr Dre (Eminem's manager) and Suge, and he explains how he has tried resolving things sensibly with no luck and is now in fear of him or someone close to him getting hurt as a result of the feuds which stem from jealosy and success. He mentions a theoretical coffin, explaining that if Rap music keeps going in this way then people will be killed over a thing as little as a line in a song that someone takes the wrong way and it will ruin the music industry - the coffin represents the death of rap music. Overall it's a good song - very catchy, thought provoking and heartfelt. Track 6 Mosh This song's pretty good. I love the video to it which is really powerful but very dark. The song starts off with young children pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Then Eminem makes an entrance. The song has a very upbeat feel to it, but it's very dark at the same time if that makes sense. The lyrics are very.. erm.. controversial, to say the least. From what I understand Eminem is anti Al Queda, but also anti President Bush. I don't want to go into the song as I don't fully understand it and I also suspec that this particular song is quite offensive to some people and I find it a bit too in depth. It's a very powerful song though with flawless, fast paced vocals. Track 7 Puke This is quite a humurous song. The beginning is quite gross though as you can hear him throwing up into the toilet, and then he says "F*ck, thinking of you again" and it then bursts into the chorus. It's basically a rant about his ex wife, Kim and how she makes him sick to the stomache because of what she's done - cheating, drug addiction etc and what she's put him and Hailee (their daughter) through. Despite how sick she makes him and how much he hates her, he still feels something towards her - "I knew I shouldn't go and get another tattoo of you on my arm, but what do i go and do? I go and get another one, now i got two", but the song overall is very sadistic and hateful. Despite this though it is a very catchy song which I enjoy because of the slight humerous twist. Eminem's rhymes are flawless in this as are the lyrics, he moves with such pace and makes rapping so fast and accurately seem effortless. Track 8 My 1st Single This is quite a bizzare, but funny song which is amazingly catchy, the lyrics are very random and silly but the pace keeps speed making it listenable. He goes a bit overboard with the silliness on this track on my opinion, it's a far cry from his hardcore rap tracks but it has something that makes it really catchy and funny, I think it's the way that he pronouces the words etc in a strange voice (varying between accents while farting and burping) lol - this is a hard song to explain, it's got everything from orgasms to chickens, i'd reccomend checking it out if you are interested although be aware that almost every other word is a swear word in this track! Track 9 Paul (Skit) This isn't a song, it's a voicemail message from Paul Rosenburg who is the co founder of Eminem's hip hop record label. Paul is calling Eminem in regards to the Just Lose It music video and lyrics, which focus on Michael Jackson, the video features Eminem dressed up as Michael Jackson. In the video, Eminem (complete with a wig, fake nose and michael jackson outfit) dances around doing the moonwalk, gets his hair caught on fire (just like in the Pepsi advert), his nose falls off and he is seen sitting on a bed while young boys in pyjamas bouncing on it behind him obviously hinting that Eminem has certain views about MJ. Basically, certain people aren't happy with this (Michael Jackson!), and Paul wants Eminem to talk to him about they are going to handle it. Before hanging up, Paul also inquires about a rumor that Eminem bought a new gun. Track 10 Rain Man Another silly, funny song. I really like this song, it makes me laugh so hard it hurts and is a really good song to listen to with friends while having a drink as it creates a really feel good atmosphere. It doesn't make a huge amount of sense, and has quite alot of offensive refrerences, for example he touches on the subject of gay sex (although this part in my opinion is poking fun at small minded people and not gay people themselves), calls Jessica Simpson an air head, and their are references to Christopher Reed. The chorus is hilarious, you have to listen to it you haven't already as it's genius! No, it doesn't have much meaning to it, but it's a really feel good song with a flawless beat which is impossible to get out of your head. Track 11 Big Weenie This song is another silly one but when you listen to the lyrics I think it does secretely have some meaning to it, ie the abuse he suffered as a child from his mother and classmates ("Big Weenie meaning "Big meanie"). A number of the lines back this up but it is said in such a silly tone it's hard to take him seriously as there's so much gibberish in this song ("Pibbity-cock-a-poo-poo" been one strangely amusing word he's made up). Apart from the whole bully theme the song has little meaning to it, but it's an entertaining song to listen to and certain lines put a smile on my face. I doubt that fans of his old stuff would like this as it seems a bit "desperate" when you first listen to it - quite try hard, but because of the fast paced rapping I think it just about passes as a good song. Track 12 Em Calls Paul (Skit) This a reply to Paul's voicemail message left on Eminem's phone by Paul (see track 9). It's really funny, but would probably be quite offensive to Michael Jacksons fans. In the song he's mimicing the song titles of some of Michael Jacksons songs - eg - "I got your call about the Michael Jackson thing and I know that he's not 'thrilled' about the video" lol. Eminems voice is altered, it sounds really bizzare. After his rant about Michael Jackson is finished he tells Paul that he doesn't have a new gun - "Oh, and by the wayn no I don't have a new gun", followed by the sounds of bullets falling to the floor and Eminem saying "God damnit!" hinting that he's lieing to Paul. Track 13 Just Lose It Another silly song, with a very catchy beat, catchy lyrics and humerous vocals. It's a bit of an insane song, i'm sure most people will of heard of it, it's the song most well known for causing trouble with Michael Jackson. I can remember going ice skating with my ex boyfriend while this song was playing so it'll always bring back special memories for me. Track 14 Ass Like That I love this song, it's a great song to dance to because it has a really unusual middle eastern sound and it's hilarious when you listen to the lyrics with various references to celebrities such as the Olsen twins, Jojo Michael Jackson, Britney, etc. The song is pretty simple, it's not one of Eminem's strongest songs and if you like rap music then there isn't much point in listening to this as it's anything but, it's just a silly sort of rhyme. You can tell Eminem wrote this song as a joke, to entertain himself, but put it on the album to share with his fans. The video features puppetts of celebrities which is also really funny and the video's well worth a watch. Track 15 Spend Some Time I love this song, it's kind of like a gangster love song/ballad/rap.. does that make sense?! It's a lovely song, anyway and I love the woman at the beginning's voice, she's singing "spend some time with me" it does sound a bit autotuned but it adds a bit of a love song feel to the track. The song features 50 Cent, Status Quo and Obie Trice. Obie's verse is a bit odd, I'm not keen as it seems very try hard and vulgar, where as 50 cent's verse is a bit better but again quite vulgar with oral sex references in what started out as a love song. Satus Quo's verse is okay, he talks about changing his mentality from wanting to sleep around to wanting to stay with just one person. Eminem blows the other's out of the water, his verse is by far the best. It is about falling in love with a woman who was only after him for his fame and money, at first he used her for sex but then wanted her to be part of his life - "almost went as far as introducing you to my daughters", until he found her going through his things. The song overall is good, it has lots of different styles of rap in it and it's quite a sweet song at times, despite the swear words. Track 16 Mockingbird This song is dedicated to his daughter. It's so sweet. The backing harmony elevates the emotion of the song and the lyrics are flawless - so meaningful. The song represents that he would do anything for his daughter to make her happy. He regrets alot of things such as arguing with Kim infront of Hailee and wishes that her early childhood could of been better. This song makes me so envious of Hailee, having a dad that loves and cares for her so much. His adoptive daughter, Lainey is also mentioned in the song with Eminem telling her that he loves her as much as Hailee and they're equal to him. It's a very deep, touching and thought provoking song which will stick in your head for days. Track 17 Crazy In Love This is a really catchy, upbeat, fast paced song which is talking about how messed up his relationship is with Kim and how they hate eachother one minute and want to sh*g eachother's brains out the next. It goes through a range of situations which reminds me of a previous relationship. It's basically about his love-hate relationship with Kim and basically saying how it's not a healthy relationship. Track 18 One Shot 2 Shot A bizzare, slightly humurous, very catchy song featuring members from Eminem's ex-band D12 - Bizzare, Kuniva, Swifty. The song tells a story of a shoot-up, it's hilarious at points but the type of funny that you know is wrong to laugh at but can't help it - "So I hugged her and used her body as a human shield" Despite the slightly graphic nature of the song it's very upbeat, catchy and a good song to dance to. Track 19 Final Thought (Skit) Erm.. not much to say about this. It's a 30 second skit of some russling paper (suidice note, perhaps?), a door creaking and Eminem getting ready to kill the audience which he does in the next song. Track 20 Encore This song features 50 Cent and Dr Dre. It's a brilliant ending to a great album and the song is probably one of the best on the Encore album. The song starts out very energetic, silly at points, with the ending featuring Eminem shooting the audience and then himself - "We ain't leavin', let's go! haha. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for comin' out, peace! Oh sh*t, I almost forgot - you're comin' with me (gun shots) Haha, bye bye! See you in hell, f*ckers." This is definetly a cliff-hanger ending in music form lol. Overall A great album, but there are a few weak tracks however because some of the tracks are so powerful and outstanding this does make up for the few weak songs. This doesn't quite compare to Eminem's early work, although I do like the album and would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys rap/hip hop music.

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        Worth a listen but some tracks don't deserve a second listen

        Global superstar Eminem had released three critically acclaimed solo albums and two high selling albums with group D12 by the time Encore was due to be released, leaving expectations for his next album at a ridiculous high. After his first album was filled with drug references and cartoonish violence, his second album filled with drug references and attacking celebrities, his third album of drug references and personal/serious matters (court cases, problems growing up etc) the public was screaming out for Eminem to return to his first album persona "Slim Shady", whilst there was still a number of fans who preferred the more personal style of "The Eminem Show" - this is his attempt to balance it. Starting off with two of the best tracks on the album "Evil Deeds" and "Never Enough", you are immediately thrown right back into Eminem & Dr Dre mode (Dr Dre produced both of these) with stomping beats and Eminem's ever changing flow. "Evil Deeds" shows Eminem's ability to mix up his flow throughout a song with the chorus and both first and second verses following a completely different rhyming structure. Further to this, Eminem mixes it up even more by throwing in long lines rapped fast next to short lines rapped slow to great effect, leaving you never really knowing what he's about to do - very impressive. "Never Enough" sees Eminem team up with 50 Cent and Nate Dogg with the song bursting straight into the opening lines "There's not much you can do or say to phase me/ people think I'm a little bit crazy" and carry's on to explain his love for rapping and that he'll never get enough of giving back to his fans. 50 Cent always seems to step up his talents when Eminem is involved and this is no exception with his cocky/arrogant swagger being thrown all across this track making you feel invincible by just listening to it, Nate Dogg's chorus isn't bad either! Further highlights on this album are found in tracks "Crazy In Love", D12 collaboration "One Shot, Two Shot" and "Encore" which features Dr Dre and 50 Cent. "Crazy in Love" is a fast paced track with the chorus sampled from Heart's "Crazy On You". A track that is always building up, Crazy In Love shows Eminem's mixed emotions towards his lover (Kim?) with explicit lyrics demonstrating true love/hate feelings whilst making you want to bop your head and rap along with him. Faced paced Eminem is second to none. The album's D12 collaboration "One Shot, Two Shot" tells the story of D12 being caught up in a nightclub when somebody starts shooting a gun, resulting in the party stopping. As with anything with D12 involved there are hints of comedy and a very entertaining story with each member's verse advancing the story that little bit more and comes complete with a catchy Eminem chorus. The album's final track "Encore" was one of the first tracks from the album to be leaked to the internet and was another major reason for the records incredible hype. Eminem, Dr Dre and 50 Cent interlocking verses over a beat that Dre is rumoured to have been saving for Detox (his much awaited next album). The slow paced dance beat is more one for a rowdy crowd to enjoy than a high class nightclub, but it's definitely one that you can enjoy for years. The remainder of the album is much hit and misses and will depend entirely on your view of rap music. The singles "Just Lose It", a joke track aiming shots mostly at Michael Jackson; "Mosh", a dark political song that seems quite popular although I've never seen the attraction and "Like Toy Soldiers", a serious song talking about his problems that he's had with other rappers is impressive for a short while, but annoying and easily became overplayed, never show Eminem at his best but rather what he can do to generate interest. Not why I like him, but a talent nevertheless. You still of course have the attempt of the album's "Slim Shady" type songs with tracks such as "Puke", "My First Single" and "Big Weenie" which I challenge anyone to listen to right after each other and remain interested. There's also "Ass Like That" which talks about how Eminem fantasises over different celebrities behinds, including the then under-age Olsen twins; nothing is quite out of Eminem's reach. Unfortunately by releasing so many tracks on one album you feel that you're getting a lot of filler, which is quite a harsh assessment when you consider 1. The quality of music elsewhere on this album and 2. The quality of rap at the time of Encore's release (very few top quality albums). But when you look at what could have been of this album if he'd have removed a number of tracks (most notably "Puke" and "Big Weenie") you feel disappointed and slightly let down. On the flip side, there are a number of great tracks here that any rapper would be proud to have released, so its possible the harsh reviews of this album are a result of Eminem's expectations just getting too much and leaving him in the impossible position of trying to please everyone. Tracklisting 1. Curtains Up 2. Evil Deeds 3. Never Enough feat. 50 Cent and Nate Dogg 4. Yellow Brick Road 5. Like Toy Soldiers 6. Mosh 7. Puke 8. My 1st Single 9. Paul (skit) 10. Rain Man 11. Big Weenie 12. Em Calls Paul (skit) 13. Just Lose It 14. Ass Like That 15. Spend Some Time feat. Obie Trice, Stat Quo & 50 Cent 16. Mockingbird 17. Crazy In Love 18. One Shot 2 Shot feat. D-12 19. Final Thought (skit) 20. Encore (curtains) feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent Bonus CD: 1. We As Americans 2. Love You More 3. Ricky Ticky Toc

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          great album

          Encore is the fifth studio album from Eminem and was released in 2004, it was also the last album he did for a while until relapse came out last year. Encore is a real mix of songs put onto two disks, though the second only actually has three more songs, its still a a great album. Evil deeds is track number two off the album and its one that I really like, its got a catchy tune to it and a really catchy chorus. it's the first proper song on the album after the short curtains up intro and it gets the album off to a good start. Like toy soldiers is track 5 and has to be one of my favourites off the album, the lyrics to this one are just fantastic so its no doubt it earned him a number one in the UK. it's a really good song about Eminem in the rap world and give us an insight into his life. Just loose it is a bit more of a commercial song than the others, its not lyrically one of his best although it is pretty catchy and you just cant seem to get away from singing along to this one, it also earnt him another number one with this album. Mockingbrid had to be my absolute favourite from the album though, its about his daughters and you can tell the lyrics are really personal to him, but its really well written and has great instrument parts to go along with it as well. Encore CD DISC 1: 1. Curtains Up 2. Evil Deeds 3. Never Enough 4. Yellow Brick Road 5. Like Toy Soldiers 6. Mosh 7. Puke 8. My 1st Single 9. Paul (Skit) 10. Rain Man 11. Big Weenie 12. Em Calls Paul (Skit) 13. Just Lose It 14. Ass Like That 15. Spend Some Time 16. Mockingbird 17. Crazy in Love 18. One Shot 2 Shot 19. Final Thought (Skit) 20. Encore Encore Songs DISC 2: 1. We as Americans 2. Love You More 3. Ricky Ticky Toc

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            Eminem's worst moment

            After the excellent Eminem Show once again reinforced in my opinion that not only is Eminem the best rapper but extremely consistent, to say I was looking forward to this album would be a huge understatement. It would be nothing less than truly brilliant because after all it's Eminem. Those perceptions were only strengthened with the leaking Of We As Americans a terrific song in it's own right but sadly not present on the album. The production on this album is once again handled in house which means that we get a lot of Dr Dre production as well as Eminem's own production talents. Thankfully the production is absolutely nop notch, delivering bouncy, multi layered synch and keyboard driven beats , to dark multi layered beats. This has always been something which the production team as a whole have always executed brilliantly and it's a very rare event when the production fails to deliver sonic catchiness. Which therefore makes it all the more difficult to fully digest Eminem on this album. I am sure everyone has heard Just Lose It and it succeeds in being the worst single yet from Eminem by some margin. However this is something I can forgive since there is a need to widen the appeal and target the teen end of the market. What I can not fathom though is the distinct lack of Eminem on some many other tracks, where we see Eminem absent, instead we are introduced to a nonsensical, unintelligent, uninspired rapper delivering what he might consider funny lines but they have the with of a 4 year old. There are also tracks in which he doesn't even attempt to rap properly and probably the worst example of this is the song if you can call it that, Puke. He might want to puke when he think of his wife Kim but I feel the same rumblings when I am tortured by this song!. There are of course moments where we do hear some of the talent the critics world have come to begrudgingly accept and no example is better than Never Enough which is a terrific song thanks to the instantly catchy Nate Dogg hook, great beat and terrific verses from 50 cent and Eminem delivered with energy and gusto. Other tracks that are worthy of being mentioned are Like Toy Soldiers, Evil Deeds, Mosh and Mocking Bird. There are a couple of songs I can tolerate nearer the end of the album but for the most part, these songs should have been left on the cutting room floor. It is simply an absolute waste of some superb sonic backdrops. Truly disappointed

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            Disappointing album from Eminem.

            Encore is the fifth studio by Eminem. It was released in 2004 and was called Encore because eminem planned to retire his alter-ego "Slim Shady" in this album. I thought that was a shame because his best songs are done through the "Slim Shady" character. The album is a lot more lighter and commercial than previous albums with songs like Ass Like That and Crazy in Love. Eminems lyrics are a bit less shocking than previous albums but if any thing they are more sexually explicit in Spend some Time and Ass like that for example. As with all Eminem albums, there are a lot of explicit lyrics and the album contains a lot of imagery containing guns. But don't let that get in the way of Eminem's well constructed songs and catchy lyrics. Highlights of the album are Mockingbird: An emotional song about Eminems relationship with his daughter. One of the more less-explicit songs on the album and very touching. Like Toy Soldiers: A song that borrows the chorus from Martika's song of the same name. The lyrics are excellent and they gradually build up as Eminem gets angrier as the song goes on. Encore: The last song on the album featuring Dr.Dre and 50 cent. It has a catchy chorus and witty lyrics. Unfortunately it ends unsavourily with the sounds of Eminem shooting into the crowd. There are four skits on this album which is pretty stupid and I really don't see the point of them. Also apart from the songs I mentioned earlier the rest of the album is just complete filler from the horrible "Puke" to the stupid "Rain Man" and "Big Weenie".

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              Not terrible but definately not great

              This is eminems Fourth, and most recent album, and it is pretty obvious that he has lost some of that flare and fire from "The Slim Shady LP". This is probably the worst thing that he has done, and I think that it is a credit to Slims genius that it is actually a decent listen. What I think makes it his worse outing is just how tired and bored he sounds. After how incencsed he Sounded for the most part on "The Eminem Show" (Especially "White America") this is a real let down. Even "Encore's" attempt at another "White America", "Mosh", is a real let down. Saying that it is one of the best songs on the album. Other highlights include "Yellow Brick Road" a really interesting look into eminems past. Also "Rainman" Sees Eminem at his witty best. There are also some real lows, "Big Weenie" is just drivel, "Ass like That" is pretty brain dead too. Eminem does really leave the best to last with the truly excellent "Encore". This Song has everything, great beat, lyrics, hooks and a Dr. Dre guest. So to sum up I would recommend getting this if you have all of Eminems other records but maybe not a good way to get into him.

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              Encore, Eminem.

              Encore - Eminem Now I am not a great fan of Eminem however I bought this cd when I first heard 'Mosh', track 8, I'll expand on this later. I then heard all this stuff about Eminem retiring, this was his last album etc., etc. I am a fan of Dr Dre however, and as he produced the album that helped to persuade me. So it was with a critical ear that I first listened to it. The fact I still have it four years after it's release is testament to the fact I like it, otherwise it would have been boot sale bound by now. The booklet inside has all the lyrics, I like that, and lots of 'set up' photo's, bit too much gun imagery for me but there you go, this is his style. The tracks: 1. (Curtains Up - Encore version) No needed, just a soundclip of the audience waiting for him. 0/10 not a good start however.... 2. Evil Deeds Brilliant opener. An insight into his mind without a doubt. A really good thumping bass with a 'clicky' percussion whilst he raps over this with some backing going into nursery rhyme. A very complex musical piece with Em rapping about his childhood and a fair level of insight into his current 'issues'. he also parodies his wealth, very good, a definite 9/10. 3. Never Enough 50 Cent and Naate Dogg are on this track too. Not a great verse structure, yet the chorus is bloomin excellent. The rapping moves into the 'whiney' nasal rap that he does sometimes. The chorus though, gerat. 8/10. 4. Yellow Brick Road I love the start of this with a 60's docu voice over. This is Eminems answer to the accusations of his 'racism' when he was a teacher. A real commentary of how and where he grew up. It feels like a real opening up, it feels from the heart and it is a real apology for past behaviour, you gotta give him credit for that. 8/10. 5. Like Toy Soldiers Brilliant, a rousing militaristic drum beat, kids choir singing the intro and then a strong rap from Em, not quite as 'whiney' as usual. Basically he is rapping about having had enough of the whole gangster 'beef' thing where rappers are dissing each other and it ending up in violence. Again credit for that. Plus I have to say the idea of using military drums with a very good musical harmony and a kids choir, it is actually pretty close to genius. 9/10. 6. Mosh Again, a use of kids, pledging allegiance, then the sound of aircraft and gunfire. An angry Em then completely slates GW Bush and the Iraq war. This was at a time when the war was very patriotic and Em had cd's smashed and posters burnt. very brave and controversial. Not only that, this will be seen (I am sure) as a classic protest, ant-war song. The sound effects are used with such insight, against a backing track which is menacing and dark. This really is a masterpiece. 10/10. 7. Puke Oh dear, another crap rant against Kim, his ex wife, with the sound effects of him vomiting, why spoil the album after such a powerful song before? 0/10. 8. My 1st Single Interesting song this. A quite mad use of some percussion that is, well, I don't know what. This is lazy, but fast, laconic rapping, he does not seem to take a breath for ages. There is acatchy chorus which he spoils with belches and mysoginistic lyrics. Bizzarre and interesting. 5/10. 9. Paul (skit) This seems to be something he does in every album, chats with his lawyer or producer, or editor on the phone, boring! 0/10. 10. Rain Man This is just plain weird, and quite fun and irreverant. He is basically slagging off the censors and his detractors. He then raps totally innappropriately about Superman, and this goes into a Christopher Reeve rant which I have to say is quite offensive. Then he goes on about gay sex....then I get it, he is deliberately provoking the moral majority. What some would call post modern irony. I should not like this, it is so offensive, and yet I do. 7/10. 11. Big Weenie This is a great anti bullying song, I have used it work with young people (including my son) that have been bullied. Really very good, surprisingly so. Lots of swear words yet, it seems appropriate for a change. He uses 'Big Weenie' interchangibly with 'Big Meanie'. 9/10. 12. Em Calls Paul (skit) Not again! 13. Just Lose It This is much more like a D12 tune (his other venture). This was an anti Michael Jackson song, blatantly rapping about his 'alleged' child abuse. MJ tried to sue, it never worked. the video had a MJ lookalike losing his false nose on the dance floor, irreverant and funny. Just for the subject matter I like this. 8/10. 14. Ass Like That A big hit, lot's of Middle Eastern backing music. About as 'pop' as he gets, I cannot stand this, especially his false Arabic accent, terrible. 0/10. 15. Spend Some Time With Obie Trice and 50 Cent. I just don't get this, too 'gangsta' for Eminem and really quite boring. 2/10. 16. Mockingbird I love this, a song to his daughter in a 'manly' way. Actually quite heartfelt. Really powerful yet unintrusive backing harmony that really suits his lament. Very self indulgent and that is actually quite brave. Each chorus is very nursery rhyme like. the ending is extremely scary and gives us an insight into how Eminen thinks. Very good and powerful. 8/10. 17. Crazy In Love Hate this, he tries to mix a bit of 70's rock and funk, then it just goes into a horrid rant to Kim again. He should get some help for his views towards women sometimes! 0/10. 18. One Shot 2 Shot Very 'Gangsta' again, and this one is quite a good one, quite racey with a intrusive and urgent back beat. I like this. 9/10. 19. Final Thought (skit) 0/10. I'm not even gonna bother. 20. Encore Dre and 50 are on this track and it is almost celebratory. Okay, but not exactly a classic. 5/10. There is no doubt that Eminem has 'issues' particularly with women, and some would say with his own racial identity. There is also no doubt that he is a very talented song writer, rapper and performer. This album has it's share of crap like 'ass like that', then there are very grown up and brave offerings like Toy Soldiers and Mosh. I'm still impressed and 20 tracks (23 on the 'deluxe' album) for £7.99 on iTunes seems like a bargain to me.

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                A Very half & half album cut this down to a 13 track album could have a been a great album.

                Encore-Eminem Encore is a complex album and there are many different ways to judge this album.The album "Encore" lyrically can at times be very enjoyable but the ear for beats on this album is depressing because 4/5 of the beats on this album SUCKS which is a sad thing for me to say after being such a big fan of dr dre's previous work while dr dre took alot of this album on himself it lacked "bright ideas".As we all know lyrically eminem is capable but when he is forced into these commercial minded beats it backfires drammaticly it is obvious that the album is aimed and children 14 and younger as u will NOT see gangsters bouncing in lowriders to "My 1st Single" or "Just Lose It".But Quoting that "He's On top his game".Is just not true and he knows that fine well.Apart from the lame poopy hooks and dispiesable production alot of the lyrics are Hillarious.Now to the review -(The Tracks)- 1.Curtains Up Is what it is an intro. 5/10 2.Evil Deeds Lacks creativity.Got a Lame Pop Chorus.An Annoying Hook At the Start.Flat Unmemerable production.Boring Lame Song Annoying Song.3/10 3.Never Enough A song that tried to recapture the magic of his hit "Till I Collapse" but failed miserably.Nate Dogg's hook is great helll its nate but unfortuantly eminem and 50 cent deliver boring done before lyrics.Again production is a waste of money. 4/10 4.Yellow Brick Road One of the better moments on encore.Meaningful lyrics,story telling,suprising and witty.Chorus great.Production Not Great But Good. 6/10 5.Like Toy Soldiers Great sample but eminem funnily enough ruins the tracks good production by dragging the ass out off all his average easily achived verses. 7/10 6.Mosh A more powerful more meaningful song than this album is used to which is the problem.The song dose not suit encore as the album comes of as a commercial pop album.Although this is great dre production with powerful synths and a needed electric guitar smashes through this single which sounds great.Eminem lyrics are a showcase of his abiltiy.A Great song white america prt2 smashes ur stereos but again does not suit album. 8/10 7.Puke Waste of album space ok obvioulsly Young children are going to remember this because increaseingly catchy chourus.Although whats really strange is even though eminem makes his view on boybands known! he sings the full song.But the production is the worst on the album boring,typicall,brain damage,no creativity all it is "bang,clap" for 4 minutes of the biggest waste of time in my life..2/10 8.My 1st Single I know what ur thinking first 15 seconds u turned it of but its suprisingly a lyrical Gem.Even though the production makes u feel like u want to kill yourself the lyrics really are masterfull.. 7/10 9. Paul (Skit) Funny Skit But Then Again can't Rate It Because its a skit.5/10 10.Rain Man Absolute classic track just shows what eminem can still acheive lyrics are side splitting production perfect.Eminem delivers one of the best tracks of his career and anybody who can't see that have no musical taste at all!.10/10 11.Big Weenie Bad Bad track.Hook Terrible.Production Trash.Lyrics show that he is gifted but again the hook & production drag him down. 5/10 12.Em Calls Paul (Skit) Funny Skit But Then Again can't Rate It Because its a skit. 5/10 13.Just Lose It Boring lame production and annoying because it has tried to gain as much sucsess as other very simmilar hits Buisness,Without Me,My Name Is & The Real Slim Shady.It just shows u that sometimes then same formula over and over again dosent always work the production is lazy the lyrics lazy the hook lazy.With cheap shots at michael cheap lyrics like"Ohh boy just Touch My Body,A Mean Girl Just Touch My Body"all my pity goes into this as the worst song on the album.1/10 14.Ass Like That Obvious single material but not a good single by any means.Ok funny lyrics commercially ok beat but its the hook thats unbelievably bad and drags it down incredibly.4/10 15.Spend Some Time Chorus Makes u want to kill urself production not actually that bad every body apart from that every one else delivers chillingy bad lyrics but after obies verse and that chorus comes on you are obviously going to turn it off but when ems verse kicks in its like a different song altogether.5/10 16.Mocking Bird Ok Chorus is a joke we all know its absoultly pathetic but ems lyrics and the really creative beat is enough to keep this a good track.7/10 17.Crazy In Love When it comes on u feel like u tuned in to a cheesy 80's work out album but its a suprising sample to be on his album but is intresting and leaves waiting to chorus the lyrics are smart witty and with lyrics like "You are my reason for being the meaning of my existstence"leave u blown away and one the albums better productions.7/10 18.One Shot 2 Shot Absolute CLASSIC D-12 makes u sad it wasnt a d-12 album its so great dosent have any flaws the beat is just the best beat ever perfect for this song feels like some old classic devils night joint bizzare is hillarious every track with simple easy but needed lyrics such as "Nigga what about ur wife nigga f*ck my wife im tryin to run and save my muthaf*ckin life" leaves u just soaking up the glory of the track.The also has a very intresting well told story of nigga from another hood who shoots up a club and everybody tries to escape,the dj gets shot,kuniva gets shot by gangsters in a black mishubiti,in the end they cant find him.10/10 19.Final Thought (Skit) Eminem Breating Dosent count as skit .4/10 20.Encore Trendy club song 50 cent raps for 12 secs ,Dre carrys on lashing out at critics eminems tired chorus sucks, theres not much to beat its ok and the lyrics are average.6/10

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                  22.05.2006 03:05
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                  Eminems 4th solo album isn't that good.

                  So as I look around and also speak with friends - I always hear how good Eminem's 'Encore' album is. This review comes a little late as the album was released quite a long time ago, However i would like to review it now. Just to let you know - I like Eminem. I like some Hip-Hop, he isn't my favourite rapper but I really rate Eminem. I for one, however, was left very disappointed at 'Encore'. Lets review it. 1. Curtains Up (Intro) It's okay. Not a bad intro Rating : 2/5 2. Evil Deeds I cannot stand this song. I like the beat but Enimen comes across annoying , the annoying chorus just ruins this song in my view. Rating : 2/5 3. Never Enough I really like this song. It's just 2 minutes 39 seconds, I really like the beat, the lyrics and it's just a catchy song. It's quick and very catchy. Nate Dogg does the usual, and 50 Cent doesn't sound bad with this beat. Rating : 4/5 4. Yellow Brick Road Not to keen on this one. Don't like the beat, it's just not doing it for me - also 5 minutes plus. Rating : 3/5 5. Like Toy Soldiers This is what I like to hear. I like this song, a very cool chorus on this one. I like the drum rolls as well, it's a very nice song and it's what Eminem is all about. Rating : 4/5 6. Mosh Now the album is starting to become consistent (at last). Very political (cool video to match the song). I like the song, you just have to nod your head along. Rating : 5/5 7. Puke Why? Terrible song. Rating : 1/5 8. My 1st single Annoying beat. Not to keen on this song Rating : 2/5 9. Paul (Skit) Funny.Kinda. Rating : 2/5 10. Rain Man I like the beat on this one. But feel that the song is pointless and very tedious to listen to. Rating : 3/5 11. Big Weenie Oh my god. Rating : 1/5 12. Em Calls Paul (Skit Laughs. Very cool. Eminem is great with Skits. Rating : 3/5 13. Just Lose It Bit pop like for me. But it works and that's ok with me. Some good witty lyrics here. Rating : 3/5 14. Ass Like That Hmmmm I can't quite say what I feel about this one. I feel that Eminem's voice comes across as being quite funny here. I actually like the beat but I think it's to similiar to 'Just Lose It' in the sense that it's not a very serious song here from Emninem. Rating : 2/5 15. Spend Some Time I actually don't mind this song. Maybe a little R&B, some other artists feature to and it isn't a bad song. The beat's are top here. Rating : 3/5 16. Mockingbird Big Softie at heart is our Eminem. A cool beat, cool lyrics and a laid back song from Em'. But i think i prefer Eminem when he is angry Rating : 4/5 17. Crazy In Love< It's ok Rating : 3/5 18. One Shot 2 Shot Why are the chorus's on this album so annoying? Quite a cool beat but the chorus ruins this song - again. Rating : 3/5 19. Final Thought (Skit} Meh. This is the build up to the final song 'Encore' Rating : 1/5 20. Encore This is more like it in my opionion. It's a good song and the chorus isn't at all bad either. I like it and it's a good way to end what has been quite an 'average album'. Overall: -------- Not like previous Eminem's albums. This, for me is a one time listen. Eminem has been fairly consistent with his previous albums, but this album is all over the place, the lyrics, the ideas, the anger we usually saw from Eminem just isn't here enough. I think Eminem retiring is a good idea as this album was fairly 'average'. It had maybe 3 or 4 good songs and that isn't good enough out of a 20 track album. Many will maybe disagree with me, but I would like to think that i have been fair on Eminem. My review isn't the best in the world, I didn't really wanna go into to much detail's regarding the tracks as I couldn't stand listening to them all. Previous Eminem albums have been listenable many times. But i haven't touched this album for ages, I listened to it whilst reviewing it on this site and was tempted to skip through most songs. The Songs To Like: Like Toy Soliders, Never Enough, Mosh, Mocking Bird. The Rest: Aren't that good. Overall Rating: 3/5 - The only really serious songs on here are 'Like Toy Soldiers' and 'Mosh'. The rest are pretty average. Go buy his previous stuff. This album is average and a one time listen. It's a shame but Eminem just wasn't consistent enough on this album for me, the beats, the lyrics and the whole aim of what the songs were. If you can listen to this album the whole way through without skipping it - <I>and enjoying it</i>, then i salute you - but I doubt I'll be doing that as I cannot see even Eminem's biggest fan being able to truely do that. This album is all over the place and lacks ideas. I still like Eminem but this is one album that I won't be listening to that much. Go listen to Immortal Technique who in my view is a far better rapper.

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                    Great cd, i dont think its his best but still a great cd!

                    When's the next one EM. I cant Explain how much i love Eminems music, His Lyrical consept his pure genius, these are my opinions, i understand other people would rather kill Em that shake his hand. I dont think this is marshalls best album, with a little mix between some of these tracks and some from the Eminem Show and youve got your self a bangin CD. A little bit about the CD, It is Eminems newest released album with around 20 tracks, a couple of these tracks are skitts, (as always) and they are as follows: Evil Deeds,Never Enough,Yellow BrickRoad,Like Toy Soldiers,Mosh,Puke,My 1st Single,Rain Man,Big Weenie,Em Calls Paul ,Just Lose It,Ass Like That, Spend Some Time,Mockingbird,Crazy In Love,One Shot 2 Shot,Final Thought,Encore. There are some missing because i cant remember what they were i lost the cd a short while ago. As most of will know, Eminem (MARSHALL MATHERS) writes all of his lyrics to do with real life events, example track 6, was something to do with the war in Iraq and George Bush, Im not sure with some of his songs what they are about. I personaly just enjoy to listen to they way the lyrics are put together and performed. If you have seen the videos to his songs the way he explains a story to go with the songs. That sounds like all songs, the lyrics are the story and the videos are the visual aid of that story, I just Find Eminem's, Storys , raps what ever you want to call them, i find them explained to me on another level. This is A 100% definate Buy!!!

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                      Best hip hop album of the year!

                      Eminems fourth album, and definately his best album! it has other hip hop artists on the album, like dre and 50 cent , and also the rest of D12. Never Enough with 50 cent is my fvourite on the album, and shows what is to come. Has all the relaeased songs; Just Lose It, Mosh, Mokingbird, Like Toy Soldiers and Ass Like That. Its a really honest album where Eminem talks about growing up, making it in the rap game, his many rucks with other hip hop artists but with funny songs like Big Weenie and an angry song, which there always is, directed at Kym; Puke! Definately worth buying, as i think it is the best realease of all of Eminems work! Honest and also very funny, taking a stab at Bush, and getting his views across! Buy it!!!

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                        01.06.2005 11:11

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                        another quality album - Advantages: all good songs - Disadvantages: none

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                    • Product Details

                      Disc #1 Tracklisting
                      1 (Curtains Up - Encore version)
                      2 Evil Deeds
                      3 Never Enough - Eminem, 50 Cent, Nate Dogg
                      4 Yellow Brick Road
                      5 Like Toy Soldiers
                      6 Mosh
                      7 Puke
                      8 My 1st Single
                      9 Paul (skit)
                      10 Rain Man
                      11 Big Weenie
                      12 Em Calls Paul (skit)
                      13 Just Lose It
                      14 Ass Like That
                      15 Spend Some Time - Eminem, Obie Trice, Stat Quo, 50 Cent
                      16 Mockingbird
                      17 Crazy In Love
                      18 One Shot 2 Shot - Eminem, D-12
                      19 Final Thought (skit)
                      20 Encore/Curtains Down