Label: Atlantic Records/Atg
Under Construction is a testament to Missy Elliott's skill as a pop star. Yes, you read that right. Not to downplay her considerable abilities as an emcee -- the woman's got flow, and it's very much on display. But she also knows how to channel that flow into some conduits of serious pop genius. Almost every track here is steeped in Elliott's particular brand of pop brilliance: fierce, exciting, hopping with creative beats and, most of all, fun. Even less musically thrilling cuts like "P***ycat" are saved by Elliott's incorrigible wit. Forget construction. This is a finished product.