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Where is Eminem?
on November 29, 2004
Ever remember being told by a teacher that you had 'potential'? Much the same could be said of EncorE, Eminem's latest album - and what could have been his best. Sadly, EncorE was not Eminem's best outing. Too many childish references to farting and puking overshadow what could have been an amazing album from one of rap's best and brightest. About four to five songs on this album (a disappointing tally on an album of 20 tracks) seem to have been genuinely put forth. The rest are mildly entertaining at best. One highlight was "Toy Soldiers", which seemed well mixed and was catchy - the chorus gives one a reason to follow Em through the song. This is lacking on tracks such as "Rainman", where Em admits he is rapping about nothing, but has made an entire song of it. Sadly, this fails to be impressive, as a lack of subject matter is quite clear to the listener well before Eminem informs us.
With tracks such as "Square Dance" on The Eminem Show, and a release like "Mosh" off of EncorE, it would have been excusable to assume that the latter would be much more politic-fueled. This is not the case, as "Mosh" appears to be the only really interesting song on EncorE to this effect. That is, apart from "We As Americans", which only appears on the bonus 3-song disc; another disappointment.
Let us hope that the lyrical master that was Eminem can return in his next album to show us all what rap is missing. It would be hard to believe that this is Eminem's final product. And it would be sad if it were. Marshall is capable of so much more, so here's hoping he lives up to it next time.