Released: 12th November 2004.
Many music fans have already been deterred by the supposed mediocrity of lead single "Just Lose It", but just as there's more to the Enigmatic Em than meets the eye, so too will the questioning of Slim's ability to create musical genius cease with the release of "Encore".
Upon initial hearing, casual listeners may write off Eminem's continued use of non-word "sounds" as rhymes as hints of a has-been with fading credibility and nothing left to say. Repeated listens reveal Marshall Mathers' latest album as yet another creation of indelible hip-hop expression, though it seems he still has plenty to say and a brilliantly unique flow to say it with.
His Slim Shady persona surfaces on comedic victories "Puke", "Rain Man" and the completely un-PC-but-charming "Ass Like That" and stand out songs "Yellow Brick Road", Hailie-Jade lullaby "Mockingbird" and Kanye West-ish "Like Toy Soldiers" see Eminem's artistry hit new levels.
It's not on the exceptional level of "The Eminem Show", nor does the package contain as many radio-ready hits but the eccentric Detroit rapper's latest set is a magnificently-delivered, well-polished (if not overly calculated) and satisying offering.
Best track: Like Toy Soldiers
Worst track: Mosh