This Is Not A Test! - Missy Elliott
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  • Summary: Missy Elliott reunites with producer Timbaland for her fifth album, which features vocal contributions from Nelly, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and R. Kelly.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    If last year's Under Construction was a little weird, then This Is Not a Test! is barking mad--in the greatest way.
  2. Why anybody would choose to spend their life without a copy of This Is Not a Test! is a mystery.
  3. This Is Not A Test isn't perfect.... But it's plenty close enough.
  4. Equal parts 'round-the-way girl, futuristic dance diva, sonically progressive critical darling, and super-freak, Elliott has earned the right to tread a little water artistically, especially when the results are this fun.
  5. More than anything else, This is Not a Test! is a fun listen: Missy obviously enjoys poking fun at herself, and doesn't shy away from promoting a sexually empowered female persona.
  6. It's true that Timbaland's signature style... doesn't seem quite as amazing as it did five years ago. Still, it gets the job done. [28 Nov 2003, p.124]
  7. 40
    If she began coasting on 2002's Under Construction, here pop's most innovative black female is on repeat mode. [Feb 2004, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Oct 5, 2013
    This is one of the best Missy Elliot albums. "This Is Not A Test!" has rapping and singing. Nobody will ever beat Missy Elliot, nobody will even beat this album. Expand
  2. ronw
    Dec 12, 2003
    one time a truck ate my dad
  3. BryantW
    Dec 4, 2003
    The Best Cd Ever.
  4. AndreaB
    Feb 24, 2004
    i love it
  5. ReyS
    Apr 17, 2006
    This is remarkable. I loved it. Not perfect, like Miss E... So Addictive, but with more filler, which is a good thing. Kinda of in repeat mode from Missy's World, though. Expand
  6. j.
    Dec 19, 2003
    'pass the dutch' carries this. had it not been included, i would've given this a 3. had this been a test, missy would've failed.
  7. christiang
    Dec 21, 2003
    While not as good as "Under Construction" and "Miss E... so addictive" is still an interesting and clever effort form the hip hop queen

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