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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Encore? Any Good?

Eminems newst album encore is really a good effort. Depsite it maybe not being the best album eminems has produced, Dr Dre has new tunes and eminem has more powerful lyrics. The music seems fresh and not jus a repeat of "The Eminem Show". "Yellow Brick Road" I think is one of the most interseting songs on the album and really shows how eminems rapping has become stronger over the years. Other good songs include "Just Lose it" "Like Toy Soliders" and "Mockingbird" My only bad point is there are many songs and not all of them are that good but overall, eminem fans will love this and others should really try it.

encore thumbs up!

eminem has giving it all for this album and by doing so has created a completly new style of rap he has countless hits on this album any fan of hip hop should buy it. there has been quite a few critisisms on this album STOP HATING HATERS!


This album is one of ems recent the bonus tracks are brilliant liste to them I would I had to nag my sis to lend me a fiver I have paid it now but it was well worth it this has got to be the best of his albums cheapest on iTunes if you want to it don't waste your money on ebay the eminem podcasts are also quite good there funny but Ems rap is serious race and rude DON'T LISTEN IF YOUNGER THAN 18!!!!


Born: 17 October 1972 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

To call Eminem hip-hop's Elvis is correct to a degree, but it's largely inaccurate. Certainly, Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect, but his impact exceeded this confining distinction. On sheer verbal skills, Eminem was one of the greatest MCs of his generation -- rapid, fluid, dexterous, and unpredictable, as capable of pulling off long-form narrative as he was delivering a withering aside -- and thanks to his mentor Dr. Dre, he had music...
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