This Is Not A Test!

  • Record Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: Nov 25, 2003
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Although she remains by far the most interesting figure in hip-hop, This Is Not a Test! has more filler than Elliott's allowed on a record since 1999's Da Real World.
  2. Blender
    60
    This Is Not A Test lacks feeling--besides beats, what else what does she care about? [Jan 2004, p.102]
  3. This is what she does, really: talk clever, talk dirty, talk funny and, with Timbaland's dedicated assistance, annually expand the possibilities of what pop music can sound like.
  4. 100
    If last year's Under Construction was a little weird, then This Is Not a Test! is barking mad--in the greatest way.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    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]
  6. This Is Not A Test isn't perfect.... But it's plenty close enough.
  7. Mojo
    60
    Thematically thin and, consequently, lyrically disappointing. [Jan 2004, p.96]
  8. There's less space to breathe in 'This Is Not A Test!' than ever before - the beats are so relentless that just like the fiercest of the nu-prog bands it leaves you physically exhausted afterwards.
  9. Like the market-minded collaborations that run rampant on hip-hop records, Elliott’s range here feels like base-covering.
  10. It's the album's end-to-end strength that speaks the most-- against hip-hop artists who fail to make solid albums and those rock idiots who say it can't be done.
  11. This has little future funk, but lots of Swizz beats-styled Casio Rap and contemporary chart dancehall. Which is lame.
  12. There's not any new groundbreaking here for the consummate groundbreaker, but when the music is this good, there's no way in hell that should matter.
  13. Q Magazine
    90
    Missy and Timbaland give us what we've come to expect--the sexiest, most ear-popping, jaw-dropping fusion of old-school rap tribute, sparse R&B, mutant bhangra, and beat innovation on Planet Pop. [Feb 2004, p.100]
  14. Why anybody would choose to spend their life without a copy of This Is Not a Test! is a mystery.
  15. 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.
  16. Spin
    91
    Playfully sleazy, creatively reckless, and ridiculously, abstrusely, hyper-generously funky. [Jan 2004, p.95]
  17. 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.
  18. Although [Test!] is predictably better than 90% of the year's hip-hop, it stands up less well against her own remarkable back-catalogue.
  19. Uncut
    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]
  20. There's no great leap forward--or backward, depending on your theory of pop--of any sort here.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 28, 2017
    10
    Criminally underrated! She deserves so much more credit for this album than she received. It has great upbeat songs that she's known for butCriminally underrated! She deserves so much more credit for this album than she received. It has great upbeat songs that she's known for but was unfairly overlooked. Full Review »
  2. Mar 1, 2016
    10
    Missy again has crafted another masterpiece of music. words cant explain how much i love this album. she not only has herself a great producerMissy again has crafted another masterpiece of music. words cant explain how much i love this album. she not only has herself a great producer that crafts beats to go with Missy's style but always aligns herself with some awesome artists. Full Review »
  3. Oct 17, 2015
    10
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