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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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Lose Control
Music make you lose control Music make you lose control Let's go, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey Here we go now, here we go now Here we go now, here... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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. The results of this musical promiscuity are mixed, but The Cookbook yields far more bangers than bombs.
  4. Spin
    67
    Behind all the ridonkulous disses and boasts, Missy sounds a bit unsure of herself. [Jul 2005, p.97]
  5. While not every cut is a winner, Elliott does a fairly consistent job of gaining the listener's attention through her outrageous lyrics and performance style.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    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: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Mar 1, 2016
    10
    Missy Elliot has built a career of making music that you cant enough of and can dance to. here even without Timbaland on all the tracks sheMissy Elliot has built a career of making music that you cant enough of and can dance to. here even without Timbaland on all the tracks she still finds producers that can make the tracks enjoyable. another fine piece of work added to her wonderful discography. Expand
  2. NateS
    Jul 22, 2005
    10
    Missy is back on top and I'm lovin it. "This is Not A Test" was pretty great, but in retrospect it seems that perhaps the Timbo-Missy Missy is back on top and I'm lovin it. "This is Not A Test" was pretty great, but in retrospect it seems that perhaps the Timbo-Missy collaboration was starting to get a bit too comfortable. Mixing it up with new producers was just the kick that Missy needed to create this, her best album of recent times. The ballads pack a wallop, the sex talk is dirty as ever, and the club bangers will get people out on the dance floor. Awesome. Expand
  3. MalcolmS
    Sep 1, 2005
    10
    This CD is Supa Dupa Fly Pt. II, No Jokes. At first i was mad b/c Missy didnt have her usual Timbaland Produced CD but, Missy survived This CD is Supa Dupa Fly Pt. II, No Jokes. At first i was mad b/c Missy didnt have her usual Timbaland Produced CD but, Missy survived without the help of her life-time partner, and does a great job at it too. Expand
  4. Cory
    Jul 12, 2005
    9
    The Cookbook is a compilation of rich recipes, varying from high-energy beats to good, old school R&B rhythms. The more noticeable tracks 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
    9
    despite a few cheest love songs, this is one grooby botty -movin' cd!!
  6. NickD.
    Sep 2, 2005
    8
    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 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
    0
    missy misses (get it ???) the point on this album, falling flat on her fat ass

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