Review - MissE ... So Addictive

Artist: Missy Elliot

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MissE ... So Addictive
Label: Elektra
Media: CD
Format: Album
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Missy Elliot is now three albums deep, and I've finally figured out that Elliott is more soundsmith than wordsmith. Approaching her work as simple hip-hop shortchanges Elliott's skill as an artist. It took a few listens to the new release, MissE . . . So "Addictive," to bring about this particular epiphany.

Along with her production cohort Timbaland, Elliott continues to defy hip-hop expectations with unconventional sounds. From the staccato, Indian-flavored hit "Get Ur Freak On" on, So "Addictive" jumps around musically, showing off diverse influences -- from the underground-club feel of "Scream" and "4 My People" to the contemporary gospel number "Movin' On" with Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary. While Elliott is a decent MC, her average skills distract from the exquisite sonic architecture Timbaland constructs for most of the songs.

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