Release date
12 Nov 2004
Running length
20 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Curtains Up 0:47 62,170
2 Evil Deeds 4:20 102,338
3 Never Enough 2:40 74,557
4 Yellow Brick Road 5:47 82,964
5 Like Toy Soldiers 4:57 421,215
6 Mosh 5:18 134,901
7 Puke 4:08 91,340
8 My 1st Single 5:03 72,744
9 Paul (Skit / Album Version) 0:32 17
10 Rain Man 5:14 87,776
11 Big Weenie (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:27 265
12 Em Calls Paul (skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:11 226
13 Just Lose It (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:08 1,037
14 Ass Like That (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:26 572
15 Spend Some Time (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:11 238
16 Mockingbird (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:11 1,484
17 Crazy In Love (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:02 283
18 One Shot 2 Shot (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:27 264
19 Final Thought (skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:30 148
20 Encore/Curtains Down (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:49 272

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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  • Maxfanavril

    his worst album. [3]

    11 May 4:59pm Reply
  • Maxfanavril

    дерьмовый альбом

    11 May 4:59pm Reply
  • acedgod

    imo one of his better albums. definitely his best instrumentals and hooks, despite some lacking lyrical content.

    7 May 7:04pm Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    his worst album. [2]

    13 Feb 5:20pm Reply
  • Domilition

    Да нормальный альбом. Гораздо лучше любого из последующих.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Still flows better than MMLP2 [2]

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • alefspfc

    his worst album. Still have classic songs

    14 Mar 2014 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
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    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
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