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Encore Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Explicit Lyrics

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Explicit collector's edition two CD set.

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Eminem's fourth album offers few surprises, but still enough pleasures to carry the day. As evinced by Em's pre-election, pro-voting "Mosh," this is not exactly the same Eminem who seemingly crapped on anything and everything. Encore finds a surprisingly mature Eminem waxing reflective about his battle with Benzino ("Like Toy Soldiers") rather than unloading both barrels. However, it's not all elder statesmanship: "Puke" goes after his ex-wife Kim with incredible scorn, and "Big Weenie" brings the familiar juvenile humor that made him famous. If Encore has a clear weakness, it's the bland production--the same plodding sound that he and Dr. Dre cooked up on the previous three albums. The exotic flavor of "Ass Like That" catches the ear, but many others run off the same monotonous minor-key melodies and tempos. Of course, people buy Eminem albums to hear him spit first and foremost, and, in that regard, few fans will be disappointed by Encore; it'd just be nice to see him switch up his sound at some point. --Oliver Wang

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Curtains Up
  2. Evil Deeds
  3. Never Enough Feat. 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. A** 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 Feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent

Disc: 2

  1. We As Americans
  2. Love You More
  3. Ricky Ticky Toc


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 2004)
  • Coll Ltd Spkg ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Shady
  • ASIN: B0006693ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Shaun D. Ealey on April 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I disagree with the negative reviews on this album. I especially don't appreciate the comment made about Em being a racist. Have you ever heard of the saying "What happened in the past, stays in the past"??? This is now!!! On the "Yellow Brick Road" track, Em apologized for putting out the tape about him saying the "N" word. The reason being because Benzino tried to sabotage the man's rap career. That's really f...ed up to say that Em is racist. Y'all people outta be ashamed of yourselves!!! The man was young back then when he put that tape out. But anyway, overall, I think Encore had to be his best album since The Marshall Mathers LP. It may not be what he or some loyal fans may think, but I seriously think it's still a great CD. "Like Toy Soldiers" and "Spend Some Time" had to be two of the deepest songs I ever heard from Eminem. It reminds me of what I have to deal with in life right now. My least favorite of the album had to be "Crazy In Love". Song is just kinda aggravating, that's all. No offense, Em. But overall, I love to listen to this album on my spare time. For those who have something negative to say about the Encore cd, I really don't think y'all are true Eminem fans. Stop hatin' on the man and let him do his thing ya dig!!!
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I am a huge Eminem fan and I will admit that this is the worst of his 4 major label albums. However, just because it isn't as good as the rest doesn't mean it sucks as badly as everyone says it does. In case you didn't notice, Eminem is still a lyrical genius. The flaws on this album are some weak beats on about 3 or 4 of the songs (2 of which are Dre's, strangely enough) and some repetition of old ideas and concepts. But I still give it 4 stars because there is still so much genius on this album. Track by track...

1. Curtains Up - 3/5 - a little bit conceited, but I think being the world's most popular and best-selling rapper might entitle one to this attitude.
2. Evil Deeds - 4/5 - Awesome, adrenaline-pumping beat. I was disappointed by the first verse's empty bars, but I like this new point of view on familiar family concepts.
3. Never Enough - 5/5 - Brilliant song with 1 rhyme scheme for a 80 second verse- very difficult to accomplish without repetition... and possibly the best verse 50's normally mediocre self has ever dropped.
4. Yellow Brick Road - 5/5 - Classic storytelling, reminiscent of Nas, Rakim, and the melodies of Bone Thugs all at the same time.
5. Like Toy Soldiers - 5/5 - Perfect, honest portrayal of his beefs with people not worth mentioning. Martika never sounded good 'til now.
6. Mosh - 5/5 - Passionate protest song with a Dre beat that pounds and inspires action.
7. Puke - 4/5 - Funny as Hell. Unique song that grows on me with each listen.
8. My First Single - 5/5 - This song has gotten a bad rap from half the free world and I still don't know why. Are you all listening? Or are the flows too fast for you?
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EMINEM DOES AGAIN & THIS TIME HE EXPLAINS HOW IT WAS FOR HIM GROWING UP 1 OF THE ONLY WHITE KIDS IN HIS 'HOOD, EXPLAINS HOW HE INHERITATED 50 CENT'S BEEF WITH MURDER INC. WHILE TRYNA DEFUSE IT, TELLS HOW IT IS CONCERNING BUSH JR.'S BETRAYAL OF OUR COUNTRY, MOCKS TRIUMPH THE PUPPET DOG, & RE-EXAMINES HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH KIM! HE'S GROWN SO MUCH DURING THAT 5 YEARS &, EVEN IF HIS MOM'S NOT, I'M VERY PROUD OF HIM!
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I surely hope this is not Em's last CD, cause he needs to come out with something alot better to be remembered last by. This CD is good and in my opinion worth buying, but I do consider this CD to be slightly below Em's usual skill level. It seems sometimes during the CD he is just rapping about anything that comes to mind, almost like he ran out of stuff to rap about. Most of the lyrics on this CD are alright or pretty good, but a few rhymes here and there are not. Most of the beats are pretty good or decent, there are a few bland ones. I like almost all the songs on this CD. But the best ones are "Evil Deeds", "like toy soldiers", "Mosh", "Spend some time", "Mockingbird", "encore", and "Just Loose It" I wanted to put "ass like that" was one of the best, but parts of it are kind of too silly, but most of it is good, which is kind of how the rest of the CD is. This CD is definitely worth buying though and I am glad I purchased it.
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This CD is is obviously a simple change of pace for Eminem. Sure it's a little slower and less angry than his previous three. But you have to realize that when you are saying that this album sucks, you are comparing it to two of the absolute greatest rap albums OF ALL TIME! So what if he just didn't raise the bar on Encore. Nevertheless, the album has a lot more good tracks than bad tracks. In fact, the only tracks on it that aren't so hot are "Rain Man" and "Big Weenie." They sound like they are trying to hard to get a laugh. However tracks like "Like Toy Soldiers" and "Never Enough" are the typically incredible Eminem that everyone has come to know. And "Mockingbird" is very emotional but a hell of a track as well. For everyone saying that this album is bad, go suck a fatty.
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