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This CD isnt good at all, only songs that are even listenable are "Yellow Brick Road" & "Like Toy Soldiers"

Easily Em's worst effort yet on a album.

To say that the CD "isn't good at all" is saying that it's a known fact that it sucks and that NOBODY will EVER like it, which isn't true. Yeah, it might not be the best CD in the world, but it's not like he's trying to win over fans, as he's already got millions. So, try saying that in your opinion it sucks, 'cause it just makes it look like he will NEVER like it, when you have no idea as to what his tastes are.

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Then you say something along the lines of "I don't think it's a good CD", not "It's not a good CD at all". You the see the difference in the two statements? And I'm not an idiot, i know it's an opinion, but some people don't have enough commmon sense to recognize the difference, was just making sure it didn't happen here, because personally, I don't think the CD is THAT bad.

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It's called hyperbole - surely you've once said something along the lines of "That's the funniest thing I've ever seen" or "Worst movie ever", when you haven't sincerely meant it.

As for my opinion on the CD, someone was playing it at school and I couldn't get into it - not awful, but far from good. I haven't really enjoyed Eminem since the first album though, despite liking about 5 tracks from the last 2.

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I think it's a good CD but it's definately not better than his past three albums but that is to be expected because he really can't keep going over the same subjects like in his first two albums (being poor, having a deadbeat mom/dad, still hating Kim.. etc). I did expect it to be better than what it was but at least it wasn't Grand Champ.

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Artist: Eminem

Title: Encore

Rating: *** out of 5

Reviewed by: Matt Barone

Without a doubt one of the game’s all-time grand lyricists, one of Eminem’s superior strengths throughout his illustrious career has been the uncanny ability to bring listeners into his turbulent psyche, one loaded with violent baby mama drama, parental neglect, and shameless insults. But on his fourth album, Encore (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope), it seems as if, at this point, Marshall Mathers has let the world too deep into his mind. While his microphone skills remain of top-shelf quality, the excitement of what crazy metaphor will emerge in his next bar feels more reserved. Over the course of 20 tracks, Eminem addresses his love for his daughter Hailie, the sea-saw of emotions surrounding his troubled wifey Kim, and pushes the buttons of high-profile celebrities; problem is, these are all areas extensively covered on his previous three releases.

At its best, though, Encore delivers some of Eminem’s finest work to date. Opening up with the dark reflections of “Evil Deeds,” Dr. Dre’s avant-garde bounce finds our host airing out grievances with a sped-up flow, only to call himself out with, “Whoa is me, there goes poor Marshall again whining about his millions, and his mansion, and his sorrow he’s always drowning in.” “Never Enough” brings it back to basics, with Eminem’s dizzying wordplay shining alongside a moody Nate Dogg hook and impressive 50 Cent verse, and on “Spend Some Time,” a subdued backdrop inspires entertaining, female-directed venom from guests Obie Trice, Stat Quo, and 50 .

Whenever Eminem opens the doors to his dramatic reality, like on past gems such as “Cleaning Out My Closet,” he is rivaled by very few rappers in the game. On “Yellow Brick Road,” he jumps into this mode to fully explain the infamous “racist” tape, using his self-produced violins and light percussion as a fitting soundtrack for honest revelations. The amazing storytelling continues on “Like Toy Soldiers,” where Eminem sheds bright light on his recent audio battles with Ja Rule and Benzino. Sporting one of his best instrumentals to date, complete with a militant drum pattern and haunting vocal samples, “Like Toy Soldiers” allows Em to drop the gavel on his beefs with the closing remarks, “Frankly, I’m sick of talking/ I’m not gonna let some one else’s coffin rest on my conscience.”

Unfortunately, once the politically-heated rants heard on “Mosh” conclude, Encore spirals off into head-scratching hit-or-miss territory. Dr. Dre’s creeping piano and string arrangement on “Rain Man” manages to draw attention away from Em’s puzzling Christopher Reeve discussion, but on the messy “Big Weenie,” a terribly corny Slim Shady styled hook and repetitive drums from Dre equal immediate usage of the Skip button. “Ass Like That,” despite being funnier than any rap song should be, still disappoints due to an utterly sophomoric songwriting approach (unnecessarily delivered in the voice of one-time Eminem enemy, and hand puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) for a lyrical giant like Em.

There in lies the main problem with Encore: an inconsistency in execution. While the title track “Encore” heavily bangs with a neck-snapping Dr. Dre concoction and effective pass-the-mic verses between Em and Dre, a song like the D12-assisted “One Shot 2 Shot” lacks any creativity and inspiration, making for a frustrating break in overall enjoyment not felt as strongly on any other Em record. Even on Encore’s weaker selections, Eminem’s verses blow away nearly all of his competition in flow and rhyme schemes, only raising the level of frustration with the album. If only he would have crafted more tracks in the genuine nature of “Like Toy Soldiers,” his latest could have continued his progression as a true great in Hip-hop’s legacy. While his credibility and worthiness of respect are still intact by the disc’s conclusion, disappointment is unavoidable. In the end, though, nobody is perfect, and Eminem’s slight stumble surely won’t be his downfall.

-allhiphop.com's review.

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I think Like Toy Soldiers is one of the best songs I have ever heard. And I have around 800 cds in my collection. I like the cd, and spent an extra 10 bucks to get the special edition. I say its worth it.

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songs like "Evil Deeds" - he sings mary had a little lamb?, "Ass Like That" - "make my pebe go doing doing doing"....automatically drew me away from this CD. then i listened to the rest....and got thrown away from this CD. plus i cant stand his high-pitched voice.

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yeah, i got the CD on the 12th.. everytime i heard something that might be ok.. it was ruinted by something i thought was gay... like Toy Soldiers.. cool song, but the chorus sucks, little girls singin that shit, i hate it, takes me right out of the mood of the song.. and i don't remember much else but in every single song i was like man that sounds alright and than there'd be something in that song where i'd be like damn nevermind

i give it a 2/5

it sucks, i've never disliked an Eminem CD before...

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