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Encore

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Angry potty mouth, but with genius; not for kids.
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What parents need to know

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...

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

great album

i know that yall be hatin cuz eminems rap career be off the ground while ur still stuck rapping along to lindsay lohan this isnt a crappy album plus people obviously dont understand where em be coming from
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Finally a good CD

People need to stop putting this CD down. It really is an awesome musical experience. I could'nt stop listening to it.
Adult Written bydudeman123 April 9, 2008

geniuos work

this is by far the best rap cd of 2004 but there is alot of language and sexual content -15 caution

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