The Cookbook - Missy Elliott
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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
  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. Though it could use some portion control, "The Cookbook" still whips up a tasty meal.
  4. 67
    Behind all the ridonkulous disses and boasts, Missy sounds a bit unsure of herself. [Jul 2005, p.97]
  5. You'd probably want Missy to wash her hands before she got anywhere near a real kitchen if this album is anything to go by. The perv.
  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. Jul 3, 2014
    One hell of a rocking LP for 2005, and stands strong as a definitive Hip Hop album. Missy Elliot really does overdo it with cheeky lyrics, great mixes from Timberland, and characteristic featuring artists starting with Mike Jones and ending at M.I.A. Expand
  2. LockneO
    Jul 20, 2005
    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
    Best I've heard her.
  4. Cory
    Jul 12, 2005
    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
    despite a few cheest love songs, this is one grooby botty -movin' cd!!
  6. NickD.
    Sep 2, 2005
    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
    missy misses (get it ???) the point on this album, falling flat on her fat ass

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