Under Construction - Missy Elliott
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Tempering futurism with retro-rap here, [Timbaland and Missy] feed the old through the new and refresh both. [#12, p.142]
  2. 100
    Even with all the drama, Construction is Elliott's sturdiest creation yet.
  3. One of the best rap LPs of the year.
  4. Missy scores the highest marks in the qualities shared by all gifted rappers: rhymes, flow, cleverness and style.
  5. With each album, Elliott has grown more confident and individualistic, not to mention more bizarre.
  6. 'Under Construction' is stuck all over with shocks and surprises, more than enough to keep the rogue-scientist glitchmasters who mutated 'Get Ur Freak On' in mischief for months.
  7. This is better than anyone could have expected.
  8. 80
    Clever and catchy at every turn. [Jan 2003, p.74]
  9. Fortunately, Elliott and Timbaland's idea of old school is rather unorthodox. [Jan 2003, p.121]
  10. Under Construction, uninhibited and unpredictable, is her best yet.
  11. 80
    It's the first time in the history of the Missy-Timbaland team-up where, having delivered the goods early on and earned the space to do whatever theheck they like, they tread water instead of pushing things forward. [Album of the Month, Jan 2003, p.90]
  12. Unlike most of her peers, she knows that fun is really the fifth element of hip-hop, and she keeps finding thrilling new ways to make this music danceable and fun.
  13. In the long shadow of death, Elliott and Timbaland's funky, feisty, infectious music joyously celebrates life.
  14. A good record with some incredibly sick production work.
  15. As good overall as the tracks here are, that bit about familiarity breeding contempt rings true.
  16. 70
    When she's raised the stakes so high, anything less than the reinvention of music comes as a disappointment. [Jan 2003, p.122]
  17. 'Under Construction' isn't a retro album, so much as it's informed by both new and old. But it also isn't beyond question whether this return to roots doesn't conceal a lack of inspiration.
  18. Unfortunately, a talented producer doesn't a great album make, as is the case with the shabby Under Construction.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    5
    Everybody loves Missy, but this is her worst work. "Work It" is the summer anthem of the album, and that's the high point. But Missy is very talented.