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  • Summary: Slick Rick, The Neptunes, M.I.A., Tweet and Mary J. Blige are among the guests on Elliott's first new disc in two years. Longtime collaborator Timbaland produces just two tracks here.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
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  1. Her adventurous and, yes, massive, persona is allowed to wander wherever it wants on The Cookbook, be it avant or common.
  2. The Cookbook is a convincing return to form.
  3. The results of this musical promiscuity are mixed, but The Cookbook yields far more bangers than bombs.
  4. 67
    Behind all the ridonkulous disses and boasts, Missy sounds a bit unsure of herself. [Jul 2005, p.97]
  5. While not every cut is a winner, Elliott does a fairly consistent job of gaining the listener's attention through her outrageous lyrics and performance style.
  6. While Elliott's lyrics have always been racy, this disc's uninspired musical foundation makes repellent lines... vulgar rather than playfully profane. [8 Jul 2005, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    Një ferr i një LP lëkundëse për vitin 2005 , dhe qëndron fortë si një Hop definitive Hip album . Missy Elliot të vërtetë nuk e teproj me tekstNjë ferr i një LP lëkundëse për vitin 2005 , dhe qëndron fortë si një Hop definitive Hip album . Missy Elliot të vërtetë nuk e teproj me tekst të pacipë , mixes madhe nga timberland , dhe artistëve karakteristike shfaq duke filluar me Mike Jones dhe duke përfunduar në MPB
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  2. LockneO
    Jul 20, 2005
    10
    Missy proves she doesn't need Timbaland to make an unbelievable record. "The Cookbook" has a perfect balance of party songs and ballads. Missy proves she doesn't need Timbaland to make an unbelievable record. "The Cookbook" has a perfect balance of party songs and ballads. Missy is definitely not afraid to tell what she wants, and she proves it with this amazing record! Expand
  3. MikeC
    Jul 28, 2005
    10
    Best I've heard her.
  4. Cory
    Jul 12, 2005
    9
    The Cookbook is a compilation of rich recipes, varying from high-energy beats to good, old school R&B rhythms. The more noticeable tracks The Cookbook is a compilation of rich recipes, varying from high-energy beats to good, old school R&B rhythms. The more noticeable tracks are: Lose Control, On and On (done remarkably by Pharell of the Neptunes), My Struggles, Mommy, Meltdown, and Can't Stop. The track by Timbaland that stood out the most is "Joy". Some of the tracks like "Partytime" and "4 My Man" (with Fantasia) lack the spice that the others do. The record doesn't succeed the ultimate "Miss E... So Addictive" but The Cookbook is near perfect with only a few flaws in the recipe. Expand
  5. mars88
    Sep 29, 2005
    9
    despite a few cheest love songs, this is one grooby botty -movin' cd!!
  6. NickD.
    Sep 2, 2005
    8
    Missy has her very own style, and you can either love it or hate it completely. If you're open to new concepts, you should be able to at Missy has her very own style, and you can either love it or hate it completely. If you're open to new concepts, you should be able to at least appreciate Missy's originality and slick party songs. Expand
  7. bobdylan
    Sep 10, 2005
    0
    missy misses (get it ???) the point on this album, falling flat on her fat ass

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