This Is Not a Test!

This Is Not a Test!

by Missy Elliott
     
 

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Listeners shouldn't blame Missy Elliott for slipping into a holding pattern for her fifth album, This Is Not a Test!. Early on she arrived at a distinctive sound -- the confident, clubbed-up jam with little melodic power but endless reserves of kinetic energy, courtesy of Timbaland's rubbery productions -- and she refined it well with

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Listeners shouldn't blame Missy Elliott for slipping into a holding pattern for her fifth album, This Is Not a Test!. Early on she arrived at a distinctive sound -- the confident, clubbed-up jam with little melodic power but endless reserves of kinetic energy, courtesy of Timbaland's rubbery productions -- and she refined it well with hits like 2001's "Get Ur Freak On" and the following year's "Work It" and "Gossip Folks." Still, 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. (Little surprise considering it appeared just over a year after 2002's Under Construction.) Granted, listeners and club fans looking for hit material will certainly find plenty on display. While the single "Pass That Dutch" is little more than a warmed-up "Work It" rewrite (albeit one studded with auditory change-ups from alarm clocks to car alarms to audience noise to the whinnying of a horse), she compensates nicely with the blazing electro shock of "I'm Really Hot" and the down-and-dirty moaning of her Nelly duet, "Pump It Up." And Timbaland's productions are still above and beyond any others on earth, with a dizzying roster of next-generation beats -- conceived in ring modulators, echo chambers, torpedo tubes, rusty pipes; anywhere except a standard drumkit -- matched to dark, technoid effects capable of raising the eyebrows of even the most experimental laptop programmers. However, most of the guest features fall flat: Fabolous wastes an excellent opportunity to match wits with Missy, giving her the shy-guy routine on "Is This Our Last Time," while Jay-Z is uninvolved on his feature, "Wake Up." Elephant Man's bounce track, "Keep It Movin," works well, but the R. Kelly duet, "Dats What I'm Talkin About," has Elliott playing -- perhaps too agreeably -- the inexperienced young girl to Kelly's mature lover. There's no need to blame Missy for not making a record that's tight all the way through, especially since few artists in the R&B world are held to such scrutiny. Still, an album like This Is Not a Test! is an effective argument for song-by-song downloads. [This Is Not a Test! is also available in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596293327
catalogNumber:
62933

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Missy Elliott   Primary Artist,Vocals
Clark Sisters   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bless   scratching,Group Member
Beenie Man   Vocals,Guest Appearance
R. Kelly   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mary J. Blige   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Group Member
Karen Clark-Sheard   Group Member
Linda Fields   Background Vocals
Jay-Z   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Elephant Man   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nelly   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fabolous   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Craig "Boogie" Brockman   Keyboards

Technical Credits

J.J. Jackson   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Michael Kennedy   Prop Design
Craig Brockman   Composer
Chris Puram   Engineer
Missy Elliott   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Timbaland   Producer,Executive Producer
Lili Picou   Art Direction
Shawn Carter   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Ian Blanch   Engineer
Soul Diggas   Producer
Nisan Stewart   Producer
M. Davis   Composer
Nelly   Composer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Charles "El Loco" Bedoya   Engineer
Craig "Boogie" Brockman   Producer
Roberto Fantauzzi   Photo Production
Stacy Boge   Photo Production
Jay Brown   Executive Producer
Marcella Araica   Assistant Tracking Engineer

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