Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. One of the best rap LPs of the year.
  2. Blender
    100
    Tempering futurism with retro-rap here, [Timbaland and Missy] feed the old through the new and refresh both. [#12, p.142]
  3. '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.
  4. 100
    Even with all the drama, Construction is Elliott's sturdiest creation yet.
  5. With each album, Elliott has grown more confident and individualistic, not to mention more bizarre.
  6. 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.
  7. As good overall as the tracks here are, that bit about familiarity breeding contempt rings true.
  8. Mixer
    80
    Clever and catchy at every turn. [Jan 2003, p.74]
  9. Mojo
    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]
  10. '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.
  11. A good record with some incredibly sick production work.
  12. This is better than anyone could have expected.
  13. Unfortunately, a talented producer doesn't a great album make, as is the case with the shabby Under Construction.
  14. Q Magazine
    80
    Fortunately, Elliott and Timbaland's idea of old school is rather unorthodox. [Jan 2003, p.121]
  15. Under Construction, uninhibited and unpredictable, is her best yet.
  16. Missy scores the highest marks in the qualities shared by all gifted rappers: rhymes, flow, cleverness and style.
  17. In the long shadow of death, Elliott and Timbaland's funky, feisty, infectious music joyously celebrates life.
  18. Uncut
    70
    When she's raised the stakes so high, anything less than the reinvention of music comes as a disappointment. [Jan 2003, p.122]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Nov 24, 2017
    7
    Missy e Timbaland deveriam virar um duo, os dois são muito poderosos juntos! Junta-se o rap da MIssy com as batidas do Timbaland e resulta emMissy e Timbaland deveriam virar um duo, os dois são muito poderosos juntos! Junta-se o rap da MIssy com as batidas do Timbaland e resulta em ótimos álbuns. Full Review »
  2. 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.
  3. sM
    Oct 2, 2005
    9
    It took me a while to like this album as a whole. But it's hit.