The Cookbook

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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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Lose Control
Music make you lose control Music make you lose control Lets go Yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah Here we go now Here we go now Here we go now Here we... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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. Spin
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    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 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Mar 1, 2016
    10
    Missy Elliot has built a career of making music that you cant enough of and can dance to. here even without Timbaland on all the tracks sheMissy Elliot has built a career of making music that you cant enough of and can dance to. here even without Timbaland on all the tracks she still finds producers that can make the tracks enjoyable. another fine piece of work added to her wonderful discography. Expand
  2. NateS
    Jul 22, 2005
    10
    Missy is back on top and I'm lovin it. "This is Not A Test" was pretty great, but in retrospect it seems that perhaps the Timbo-Missy Missy is back on top and I'm lovin it. "This is Not A Test" was pretty great, but in retrospect it seems that perhaps the Timbo-Missy collaboration was starting to get a bit too comfortable. Mixing it up with new producers was just the kick that Missy needed to create this, her best album of recent times. The ballads pack a wallop, the sex talk is dirty as ever, and the club bangers will get people out on the dance floor. Awesome. Expand
  3. MalcolmS
    Sep 1, 2005
    10
    This CD is Supa Dupa Fly Pt. II, No Jokes. At first i was mad b/c Missy didnt have her usual Timbaland Produced CD but, Missy survived This CD is Supa Dupa Fly Pt. II, No Jokes. At first i was mad b/c Missy didnt have her usual Timbaland Produced CD but, Missy survived without the help of her life-time partner, and does a great job at it too. Expand
  4. ThomasN
    Jul 19, 2005
    9
    "We Run This" is my favorite track.
  5. ShaniquaP
    Oct 8, 2005
    9
    I've never listened to this album, but I'd like to inflate the User-Review average because Missy knows how to keep it crunk. YO get I've never listened to this album, but I'd like to inflate the User-Review average because Missy knows how to keep it crunk. YO get yo freak on. Expand
  6. JewelMartini
    Jun 14, 2006
    8
    Missy is Missy, with or without Tim. She did her thing. I woulda nixed the wack slow jams though. Missy's strength is party hits.
  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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