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Nov. 12, 2004

Eminem's Encore not his best

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
After almost two years of lying low, Eminem has burst out with Encore, in which he contemplates life and, taking the lead after Usher, makes confessions in his lyrics. However, the Detroit rapper does not match Usher's success, though at least he makes a worthwhile attempt.

Unlike his previous albums, Eminem adds an element of sentiment to his assertions. In a few songs, Eminem reminisces about his past, states his regrets and then switches back to his apathetic and cynical attitude. As in all of his previous albums, celebrities such as Michael Jackson and MTV couple Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are insulted. Moreover, Eminem takes a potshot at Bush in "Mosh."

Encore opens up as its predecessor did with "Curtains Up," a short title track where a concert audience chants at the top of their lungs, "Em-in-em!" The next song, "Evil Deeds," picks up on the same note; with the roar of the audience rising and a beat steadily picking up, the song follows Eminem's old habit of criticizing his mother for being useless and cruel and even refers to Eminem himself as a spawn of Satan. "Therefore I did not know that I would grow to be my mother's evil seed and do these evil deeds," raps Eminem.

The album is interrupted with two short yet hilarious skits, appropriately titled "Paul" and "Em Calls Paul," which feature one of Eminem's agents calling the rap star on the phone about Michael Jackson taking offense to the "Just Lose It" video. Eminem calls back in a muffled voice and in his trademark sarcastic attitude, apparently defecates while leaving his message and is not polite about it either.

Eminem, notorious for bashing homosexuals and cursing profusely in his songs, surprises his audience in "Yellow Brick Road" when he apologizes profusely for making a racist tape in his youth following a break-up with his ex-wife. Eminem declares himself guilty for when he "singled out a whole race." The song shines a quasi-innocent light on Eminem and provides a smooth segway for the next song, "Like Toy Soldiers," where Eminem protests that he tried to end a long-lasting feud with rival rapper Ja Rule but was irate when Ja Rule mentioned Eminem's daughter in his songs.

By far, the best song in the album is "Mockingbird," where Eminem sings a soft, calm lullaby to his daughter, Hailie, against an entrancing tune in the backdrop. The song, built off of the popular "Hush, Little Baby" nursing rhyme, follows Eminem explaining to Hailie the absence of her mother.

For those with squeamish stomachs, avoid "Puke," which contains the obvious gut-wrenching sound effect. During the whole song, Eminem seems to whine about being "sick to his stomach" whenever he thinks about his ex-wife, Kim. Encore is also tarnished by the song "Crazy in Love," where Eminem talks about slitting someone's throat and then wanting to have sex with them. The chorus, "Crazy on You" by Heart, is falsely upbeat and incoherent in the context of this song.

Despite its few drawbacks, Encore is a promising album that delves into Eminem's sentiments while still keeping his distinctive, notorious, mocking tone. At times, the songs confuse listeners, but overall, the album is relatively interesting and mildly amusing to listen to.

Encore is released in music stores today, Nov. 12.

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  • rdcfgngf (View Email) on November 13, 2004
  • carmen (View Email) on November 13, 2004
    i bought encore yesterday{november 12} and i really enjoy it it's one of those albbum's that the first time you hear it yuou don't know what to think but then after listening to it a fwe times it's great it has nice beats and it's hilarious
  • Joe (View Email) on November 14, 2004
    albums really usual for emeinem.
  • shahzaib on November 14, 2004
    Encore aint available in saudi I downloaded it Its good but not better then Show
  • Eminem on November 15, 2004
    Sorry guys. I just wasn't on top of my game for this one. I'll try better next time.
  • bob (View Email) on November 15, 2004
    Love it
  • Usher on November 16, 2004
  • Reaper.... on November 19, 2004
    THis album was a half way thing....i heard the track yellow brick road and heard the track foolish pride...and it was hard to swallow...that a guy i would put on my personal favorites list would say something like that....but...everyone has their sins....we cant justify alot of them....but we are all human and lt our emotions make us fall in the hole..I forgive Eminem....
  • Medicin Man (View Email) on November 26, 2004
    This album is sickening. I admit, I havent been able to sit through the entire thing, but here is what I have to say inr egard to Encore. I have been a a fan of Eminem's for five years. I have been able to forgive him for every poppy single, every "Without Me," every "Real Slim Shady"-esque track. I have done so under the belief that Eminem would come correct ont he rest of his album, using the sophmoric and playful songs as ways to attract the young, white demographic with the most disposable income and least sense of reality.
  • J to the Z (View Email) on November 28, 2004
  • annoyed white person on November 28, 2004
  • Sie (View Email) on December 16, 2004
    I don't understand the song "Like Toy Soldiers". I like it a lot, but I just don't get it..

    I really like Encore, though. I love Eminem cuz he just the best
  • rosyposy (View Email) on December 27, 2004 at 6:11 AM
    i luv it specially like toy soldiers
  • Mike (View Email) on December 31, 2004 at 6:45 PM
    This is awsome but i dont understand whos leney
  • Kittykat (View Email) on January 2, 2005 at 12:18 PM
    i love encore and Lainnie is his Niece
  • frances (View Email) on January 3, 2005 at 10:27 AM
    i like the monkingbird song alot
    sincierly frances
  • laura (View Email) on January 3, 2005 at 6:07 PM
    Hey i am like 1 of Eminems Biggest Fans!!!!!!!
  • Marie (View Email) on January 5, 2005 at 1:42 PM
    I won't claim to be one of Eminem's "biggest fans", but I think that his new album, Encore, was possibly one of his best. Although, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of his albums. I love how he always tells it like it is. People shouldn't have to sugar-coat their thoughts simply to share them with the world! I have a very high respect for Eminem, but he is still human, just like the rest of us!
  • Dusti (View Email) on January 31, 2005 at 2:19 AM
    Just for all you who dont know Laney is Kim's neice that Eminem has adopted... just thought that all you would like to know that!
  • jackie (View Email) on February 5, 2005 at 1:42 PM
    EmiNeM is SOOOOoooOOOoOOOoo fine!!! i love him, aND his New CD eNcoRe, I goT it 4 X-MAs. and tO all You HaTers OuT therE ~luv ya
  • loney (View Email) on February 8, 2005 at 1:09 PM
    omg as ne 1 eva herd a beta song dan mokingbird?
    its da best song eva n eminem is sooooooo fyn.
  • Colt (View Email) on February 26, 2005 at 7:18 PM
    I realy liked the encore cd especialy mocking bird that was a great song and I can honestly say I didn'g know about laney but now I do. A bunch of my friends like eminem but some don't because my friends are christian music lovers but I say who cares what they think I mean I like christian rock music but I think eminem is sincere and he tells the truth no matter what it sounds like and I respect him for that I think it takes alot of guts to get on stage and say all those things that most people don't want to hear.
  • nicki (View Email) on February 28, 2005 at 8:22 AM
    very good album
  • Cassie and Shawn (View Email) on March 4, 2005 at 1:41 PM
    i love eminem's song mokingbird.Its the best.You could put it on this site for people to listen to, if people have never heard it.
  • C. McKee (View Email) on March 6, 2005 at 12:22 AM
    I just wanted to say that I think Encore was an awesome CD just like the other CD's Eminem is done. I think he is awesome and so is his music. He speaks what he feels and I have always been told that speaking your feelings and being honest is the best ways to go!
  • jessie (View Email) on March 11, 2005 at 8:37 AM
    i think eminems album is great, but not the best one.
  • tatiana (View Email) on March 14, 2005 at 5:50 PM
    eminem is the best artist in the whole world , he is not afraid of the critics he can recive for things he says i really love that becouse he always says what he think . I REALLY WISH THE BEST FOR HIM , his new cd encore is just great and the best song for me is mockingbird in which he talked about his new daughter laney
  • lee (View Email) on March 20, 2005 at 12:34 AM
    lee: eminems cd encore is sweet as he is an awesome artist and im in love with the song mockingbird.........
  • Sabrina DeBellis (View Email) on March 25, 2005 at 5:28 PM
    i think that eminem's CD and him rock like ever there is not any other CD i could like than his
  • vanessa (View Email) on April 9, 2005 at 9:47 PM
    Honestly, I didn't really listen to Encore a lot. I thought Marshall Mathers LP, then Eminem Show and slim shady lp were deeper and really showed his emotion. That's the best thing about him. He's real and when things are bad he motivates you. He is still the best artist yet but I hope his next album has some crazy lyrics.
  • Sarah Graham (View Email) on April 10, 2005 at 5:20 PM
    Hey there, well marshal i think ur the best and yeah some of ur songs arent good but everybody loves u and they think ur very nice that u love ur kid cuz some of the parnets is like u and all i want to know is if u give poor people money when u see them on a street cuz i know i do well i try to if im not broke well lots of love to u never change slim shady LOVE YA!!!
    Sarah Graham
  • NGLZAM002 (View Email) on April 12, 2005 at 7:21 AM
  • uriel (View Email) on April 14, 2005 at 5:47 PM
    I luv eminem's songs they is tite he is a great rapper
  • veronica (View Email) on April 15, 2005 at 10:37 AM
    Hi Eminem add me ok im a fan you i like your song.. Just lose it and mocking bird
  • Anna Louise (View Email) on April 29, 2005 at 6:57 AM
    I swear to god i am 100% obsessed with Eminem. I think he is the best rapper I know and I think all his songs are brilliant. Some people, amoungst all the fame of being as big and amazing as eminem is would forget about their family - and start a new life with fame and have a new family born into fame, and their other 'old' family would be just "Oh other kid, had her years ago, she was a mistake, don't see her" but not Eminem.....he is the nicest guy ever in my opinion and loves his baby Hailie to piece...would die for her anyday. Certainly no many men in eminem's situation amoungst fame etc. would adopt another child. But Eminem did, and love his little Lainnie loads. Also, I think all his songs are amazing and talking about past experiences.....well whats wrong with that???? He is simply talking about his feelings, and I for one love to here about them. I have to be Eminem's number one fan - and I will stay his number one fan forever.
    Loads of love and good luck to you Em, keep singing!
    Anna xxxxxxxx
  • Catherine W. (View Email) on April 29, 2005 at 3:00 PM
    I think he is a great guy and doing the best he can with haily (I would say he is a great dad)
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK EM!!!!! Love one of ur biggest fans ever
    Catherine :-)
  • noel raymond (View Email) on May 4, 2005 at 8:55 PM
    Eminem common man he is created to create rap songs and his lyrics are compared to the cleverest, most aggressive, most expensive, funniest and bravest. Eminem is made to help the rap fans enjoy real rap music, no words to describe him and i think he is notorious which makes him the greatest rap artist, i appreciate his lyrics his music his style his attitude his feelings.No one can ever be created like him in this world to choose rap as a profession. I honestly confess that he is the most talented guy in rap. I believe that we have the a rap singer Eminem to make rap music that will be heard for another 50 years.God bless him

    noel raymond
  • nikki (View Email) on May 8, 2005 at 8:23 PM
    Eminem is my favorite rapper of all time and always will be.i love you em.
  • rachael braun (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 10:54 PM
    crazy in love makes perfeft sense. the album is great and why do u think it dont make no sense it is he ain't like her but he does at hte same time.
  • Suzanna (View Email) on August 28, 2005 at 3:44 PM
    Hey Eminem!!! i love you and all of your songs. Always keep'em going. You are my favorite rapper in the world. And never give up your music. i am obsessed with you and i think about you for 24/7. i am your biggest fan and i'll love you no matter what you choose to do
  • mariya (View Email) on September 8, 2005 at 4:04 PM
    eminem this is the best cd i ever heread
  • pipe on September 15, 2005 at 7:07 AM
    eminem rockssssssss
  • kendra crowe (View Email) on September 25, 2005 at 2:44 PM
    My name is Kendra Crowe. I am a big fan of yours along with my friend Brianna Shortsleeve. I have all of your cds and I want to meet you face to face. You are reall cute. Brianna and I think so!!!!

  • Fernanda Paniagua Aureana on October 10, 2005 at 2:37 PM
    I love u so much oh my gosh i do love u so much Love u bey .
  • Prophocy on October 19, 2005 at 1:41 PM
    Eminem is my favorite rapper ever, I would buy a eminem album before I buy a 2pac album then a 2pac album but this Em album real sucked to me i think if this album was supposed to be a part 2 to The Eminem Show then Em could have done alot better he should come out with another album having trax like Soldier, til I collapse, and square dance.
  • joemama (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 5:56 PM
    Man ! English isn't even my first language but I can still make a comprehensive, or at least coherent phrase. You people should learn how to write. You love rap music but can't even write a god dawm sentence! Anyway Encore is ok but it is eminem's weakest album. Love yellow brick road on it tough.
  • david hushka (View Email) on October 27, 2005 at 10:05 AM
  • miss butterfly (View Email) on November 10, 2005 at 8:13 AM
    hi eminem and eminem's fun i love eminem'S all song but i cant find eminem's rock bottom song if you have it can you send me (eminem funs)and i think eminem the best rapper of the world nobody can better it tank you
  • sergiy (View Email) on November 15, 2005 at 9:00 PM
  • kainat (View Email) on February 26, 2006 at 2:12 AM
    eminem u r the besti love ur album encore u rock man & always will me & my friends r ur number1 fans u r the best no one could take ur place
  • kaysi (View Email) on March 25, 2006 at 8:05 PM
    Eminem i love yor songs its the best. when im realy pissed of or if someone rilly made my dad i listen to yor songs and itll calm me down. my sisters and my friends and i listen to yor songs everysingle day. your #1fAN Kaysi
  • olumide (View Email) on May 3, 2006 at 11:38 AM
    what is every body talking about ? am not here just to have fun am here for what is hot in my mind if i hear anyone talking anybad thing about him again i will break ya head .the best thing that has ever happen to me this is someone i listen to all my life and adicted to him. how can anyone say any bad thing at someone that save my life he made me realize my self and he also make me what i am today all my life i dream of meeting him and i never till today but i think this chance will make me get to him some how
    eminem all my life i think of singing with u remix most of ur song and even shot the vidio with u. slim i love u so much and i want to be with u sing with u even to just touch u
    hey EandE hope u wont just treat me the way u did to stan if u get this mail just hit me back or if anyone dose he should justhelp me out so we talk better love u slim and wish we be together too .
  • NIHEL (View Email) on March 23, 2008 at 2:13 PM
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