Encore - Eminem
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  • Summary: The fourth full studio album for the multi-platinum superstar features appearances from Obie Trice, 50 Cent, Nate Dogg and D-12.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Funny, catchy, clever, and irreverent past his allotted time.
  2. 80
    With Encore, Eminem rediscovers his sense of play and lets it run naked and screaming across the stage. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.100]
  3. His scattershot approach at taking on everyone and everything gets a wee tiresome after a while.
  4. Encore never resonates the way his first three endlessly fascinating albums do.
  5. You’d believe this was a “Weird Al” Jankovic record had you tuned in halfway through.
  6. "Encore" is almost willfully uneven: it includes some of the most exhilarating songs Eminem has ever recorded, alongside some of the most inert. [15 Nov 2004]
  7. His beefs have become so infinitesimal that he’s started to unconsciously parody our LiveJournal culture, a minor event or misunderstanding generating reams of dialogue, running commentary and painstaking minutiae. In short, he’s no more compelling than one of those non-famous drama queens in your life you already find insufferable, just another loser who blows up non-events, and it’s transformed the long-running Eminem Show into the most myopic, hand-wringing, self-reflexive stuck-in-the-mud soap opera of our time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 174
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    This is my favorite Eminem album. I love his crazy antics, and his serious songs like Toy Soldiers & Mockingbird. Even though this is not lyrically his best. I still think its the best because i grew up listening to Encore Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    Personally I find it refreshing that a superstar of his ilk was willing to make a record in which he didn't take himself too seriously. It's funny, clever and controversial like his previous work, but he's never sounded so catchy nor has he been so much fun to listen to than on Encore. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    It is not as good as "The Eminem Show" but still damn good.
  4. Sep 5, 2011
    A generally weird fifth outing for Slim Shady. This album seems to boast a last hurrah for the master of rhytmic wordplay, but most of the songs appear to be especially poor. Songs such as Puke, Big Weenie and Rain Man are bizarre, and his comical foreign accent seems to be cropping up more and more. The strong tracks are the singles including Like Toy Soldiers, Mockingbird, Ass Like That and Just Lose It, the latter two still being extremely silly. Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2014
    He gets very experimental with this album, and though the lyricism is subpar, the album had some of his best beats at the time. Unfortunately, it is downplayed by certain flows and the lyricism is weak, though the wordplay is strong. The album also has it's down due to the fart and burp noises in songs like 'My 1st Single', though there are some jewels like 'Yellow Brick Road' and 'Like Toy Soldiers'. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2013
    This is not a bad album just mediocre, not up to eminem's standard. I'd say about half the tracks are good but about half of them are really poor like Rain Man, in my opinion his worse song. Though songs like never enough are what save this album. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2013
    Worst songs from the worst rapper! I can't even call him a "musician" because his songs are like poems with beats! His vocal range is small and his lyrics are disrespectful to many celebrities like Elvis Presley,Michael Jackson,Mariah Carrey,Christina Aguilera and a lot more. If you like to listen to troll who can't sing then i recommend this album. Expand

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