|11-15-2004, 11:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2001
I picked up this CD over the weekend, and must say that I am wholly impressed once again with Marshall's work. I've wondered since I first hear that he was coming out with a new CD what he could possibly do to top The Eminem Show. I thought that was a great CD, well thought out and excellently produced. I say without reseervation that Em topped himself with Encore, but for reasons different than what made The Eminem Show so good.
The suprise ending of this rap opera left me speechless, because even though I should have expected this ending, I had no idea it was coming. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't heard it and have no idea of how he ends the story. I loved how the ending made the CD come around full circle. I first thing I wanted to do once the CD ended was listen to it again to put it all in context.
I'm still struggling with what I think is my favorite song on the album. There are a few that tug at my tails. Evil Deeds is a solid start to the CD. It's not my favorite, but it's a great "rev me up" kind of song. Never Enough is a great listen as well... After consideration, I think my favorite song on the CD would have to be Rainman. The beat on Rainman sticks with me, and the millisecond that I think about it, I'm forced to queue it up on my MP3 player and give it a listen.
"Ass Like That" is hilarious. It's more Eminem attacking pop culture and the different characters he raps as shows a little bit about the range that this guy has. I'm betting it's his next single. It's begging to have a video made for it.
The final touch of this CD is that Eminem included an "Encore" CD with it. So you've got the main CD, which is 20 tracks long (inluding 4 or so skit tracks that help tell the story). The Bonus "Encore" CD contains three new songs. I thought it was a cool and unique idea that I've never seen before.
I give it four and a half stars. Big Weenie took a star away (the only song on the CD that I think about skipping) but the strength of the Bonus Encore CD bumped it up a half star.