Encore

Label
Interscope
Release date
12 Nov 2004
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
77:06

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 (Curtains Up - Encore version) (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:47 269
2 Evil Deeds (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:20 410
3 Never Enough (Album Version (Explicit)) 2:40 447
4 Yellow Brick Road (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:47 307
5 Like Toy Soldiers (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:55 1,576
6 Mosh (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:18 427
7 Puke (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:08 280
8 My 1st Single (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:03 287
9 Paul (skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:32 221
10 Rain Man (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:14 322
11 Big Weenie (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:27 264
12 Em Calls Paul (skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:11 223
13 Just Lose It (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:08 1,005
14 Ass Like That (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:26 542
15 Spend Some Time (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:11 238
16 Mockingbird (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:11 1,408
17 Crazy In Love (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:02 276
18 One Shot 2 Shot (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:27 263
19 Final Thought (skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:30 148
20 Encore/Curtains Down (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:49 266

About this album

Encore is the fifth studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was set for release on November 16, 2004, but was moved up to November 12, after the album was leaked to the Internet. Encore sold 760,000 copies in its shortened three day opening week and claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200. The album sold 1,632,000 copies in its first two weeks of release in the United States in November, 2004. Worldwide sales of the album stand at 11 million copies, with 7.8 million being sold in the United States.

The shock-oriented lyrics in Eminem’s previous three albums were toned down somewhat in Encore in favor of a lighter approach. Eminem was already beginning to show this lighter side on The Eminem Show and continued it with Encore.

The album features substantially more production from Dr. Dre than The Eminem Show. The Eminem Show was mostly produced by Eminem and longtime collaborator Jeff Bass.

The cover for Encore, which shows Slim Shady taking a “final bow”, is representative of the fact that Eminem would soon plan to retire his alter ego. The outro to “Encore/Curtains Down” also hints to this, as Slim Shady can be heard shooting into the audience and finally committing suicide by sticking a pistol in his mouth. These events are also depicted in the album’s inlay art. The album was also made to seem as though it was recorded live, due to simulated audience claps and chants in some parts. On the front of the CD there is a bullet and a mock suicide note from Eminem. it reads:

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  • alefspfc

    his worst album. Still have classic songs

    14 Mar 7:58pm Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Still flows better than MMLP2

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • a_spaceman

    This is such an over-hated album, it's honestly really good, even Ass Like That had a point to it. I think people just hate cos it gets 'weird' at points

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    That's bullshit. Like Toy Soldiers, Never Enough, Mockingbird and the title track are far from garbage. Tracks 1-6 and 15-20 are all generally decent. Encore is flawed, mediocre and in some places, embarrassing but it's not nearly bad as some of you fools are making it out to be...

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • theboredone

    I hated this album even when I was an impressionable teenager who was obsessed with Eminem but never thought it to be worse than Relapse... having heard it again recently I will say with great confidence that this is worse than Relapse and is one of the worst albums I've ever owned... hot garbage from start to finish. Yellow Brick Road is the only decent song on it

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheDeysion

    This is garbage.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    One of the worst album sequences of all time.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Prob the worst album of all time

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • olin97

    100%-pure-unfiltered-shit [2]

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ambient2100

    100%-pure-unfiltered-shit

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    We Made You and Bagpipes From Baghdad are pretty much identical to Big Weenie etc. in tone. Why should Relapse get a pass for its blunders/gross-outs germaddog7?! Eminem's sense of humor wasn't as stale in '04...

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gemaddog7

    *this album is worse, so very bad.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gemaddog7

    I agree that Recovery is not as good as his other albums but this album is pretty worse, so very worse.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gemaddog7

    The highlights are there but "Relaspe" of all things biggest highlight is better than any of the highlights here. An album containing "Big Weenie " "Just Lose It" and "Ass Like That" drag down an album containing "Like Toy Soldiers" "Mosh" "Spend Some Time" and the titled track "Encore".

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • AskElias

    This is one of the worst things I've ever heard

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SpyKiisMaGiC

    Me too, nice job Simone. You get a gold star.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • chinfromhell

    \/ wow! i agree with everything!

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    With Recovery, he reinvented himself to an extent and progressed but he failed to replicate the technical brilliance and ease of his first four major label albums... Eminem’s skills were largely apparent on Encore and I don’t think it’s the disaster people make it to be. I will say it’s pretty desperate and tiresome in places. Also, I’m not sure how much I buy into the idea of the whole drugs thing as the true detriment of the album...

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    I used to give this album such a hard time but listening again, I think Encore, despite its flaws, IS slightly better than Recovery and Relapse. The highlights are too good to ignore. You could tell that Eminem was beginning to run out of ideas at this point in his career however - he lacked direction. Slim Shady was his ticket - he'd anticipated his success and how he could feed off his own notoriety with "My Name Is", but the foresight wasn't quite there - maturity arrived quite late. Eminem seemed unable to transcend his provocative, confrontational style and was far too reliant on outside perceptions of his persona(s) for material. He was a versatile songwriter sure, but the topics he chose began to become stifled by constant parodies and cheeky self-awareness. Songs that were truly universal and put the circus bullshit to one side like "Yellow Brick Road" are what make Encore worth the trouble...

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AgentBlue

    legit one of the worst albums i've ever heard. fucking horrible.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
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