Encore

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Angry potty mouth, but with genius; not for kids.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

You don't want your kids imitating this guy.

Violence

Many violent images.

Sex

Explicit and sexist.

Language

Obscenities galore.

Consumerism

Several brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several drug references--some negative, but still...

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that all the words (and sentiments) that make parents cringe are here, no doubt about it. But there's also humor, anger, political indignation, and a revelatory moment or two.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byNicole S. September 25, 2018
Adult Written byHorro November 5, 2017
It’s really good and at the same time very bad.The songs that I would recommend skipping for kids under 13 are spend some time,puke,one shot two shot,puke,crazy... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 6, 2019

Not his most controversial album but still controversial.

Okay, so yes this album much like other albums(or to be accurate all of them)it is controversial but it has a few songs such as, "Like Toy Soldiers" a... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byFox self-censoring March 16, 2018

some good songs, but it's by far eminem's dumbest album.

nevermind how "oh swearing and sex are bad by default". with the exceptions of a few songs like "never enough" and "like toy soilders... Continue reading

What's the story?

Eminem is one angry guy, and he won't let us forget it on ENCORE. Using words and a level of intensity that are calculated to shock, he somehow also includes his audience in the raucous fun -- and occasionally even delivers a surprisingly valid point or two, albeit with a sledgehammer. On "Mosh," Eminem delivers a searing pre-election, anti-Bush, rock-the-vote call to arms; the next track follows the visceral and all-too-realistic sound effects and sentiments of "Puke." On "Ass Like That," the singer details the reactions of a certain part of his anatomy, but somehow it comes across as honest and funny because Eminem is not afraid to reveal his own very real dreams, demons, and participation in the process. "Mockingbird" is the sweetest and saddest song: Daddy Eminem tells his hurting daughter why sometimes, no matter how hard they try, parents can't always work things out and stay together.

Is it any good?

For better or worse, ENCORE offers few musical surprises; Dr. Dre's production sensibilities are predictable and a bit bland. The lyrics veer from wildly brilliant to poignant to utterly stupid. Eminem's perpetual adolescent act is getting old though, far less appropriate for an incredibly overpaid, multi-award-winning young man than it was for a scrappy, hungry teenager. As Eminem lurches clumsily toward adulthood, he's sharing the process with a revelatory honesty that for some families will provide balance for a multitude of indiscretions, not to mention a lot of uncomfortable language.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that even adolescent rappers struggle to grow up, and this one is openly including us in the clumsy process.

Music details

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: November 12, 2004
  • Label: Aftermath
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 20, 2015

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