Shrink-wrapped THIS TWO DISC SET INCLUDES BONUS CD WITH THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGS. 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" showcases 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
I can see how some Eminem fans might be disappointed with this album. Too many people were expecting another `The Eminem Show' or `Marshall Mathers LP'. But to their surprise, they got *gasp* a different album.The same thing happens with almost every artist out there. Around the fourth album or so the artist changes their style, wanting to do something different, but they end up being called sell-outs, or people are disappointed in the new sound.In my opinion, this could be Eminem's best album so far, or at..
Wow, this album is absolutely horrible. I think Eminem has given up completely on actual music. It is not only hard to respect this as a rap album, but as a music album, period. Wow, it's realllllyyyy bad.
I don't need to be some (...)Eminem sycophant to know this album just flat out sucks. I have all of Em's albums and this one is inescapably dull, overlong, and boring. I'm not trying to be a hater, people. But I also don't feel like I need to praise everything the man puts his name on. Eminem has set a very high standard with his previous work, and his fans should be able to expect new material to meet that standard (or surpass it) when they're shelling out hard-earned cash.Hey, I'll buy his next album ..