Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliot - So Addictive 
Music Disc Reviews DVD-Audio
Written by Brian Kahn   
Tuesday, 28 August 2001

Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliot,
So Addictive (DVD-A),
Warner/Elektra Records, 2001
| Performance 7 | Sound 8 |

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott’s latest album So Addictive is a funky and very updated blend of hip-hop and R&B. Elliott continues to work with Timbaland as mixer and producer. On So Addictive it appears that Timbaland has overcome any blandness that some critics have accused him of lately. So Addictive is a very unique-sounding album, featuring an infectious beat and a bass line that manages to work well, combined with futuristic strobe-like staccato rhythms.

So Addictive features several notable guest stars, including Redman, Method Man, Ludacris, Ginuwine, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Timbaland, Da Brat, Jade, Lil’ Mo and Jay-Z. I particularly liked the upbeat "Get Ur Freak On," with its undeniable Indian sound and catchy bass line.

Another catchy tune, "One Minute Man," is featured in two different versions on this 16-track album. Unlike "Get Ur Freak On," "One Minute Man" is a laid-back track that relies more on Elliott’s vocals. Elliott gives her compelling voice quite the workout on this album, noticeably more so than in the past. With the exception of "4 My People," which I found somewhat dull, I enjoyed the majority of this alternative, techno-infused R&B hip-hop album.

This DVD-Audio album is mixed in 5.1 and features a clean and dynamic mix. The rear channels are well-used, with effects and background vocals. This album is remarkably free of extraneous background noise and dynamic compression, most likely due to the higher-resolution DVD-Audio format. It is becoming clear that the studios are becoming more experienced with, and are taking advantage of, the increased capabilities of DVD-Audio. Fans of hip-hop and R&B should not hesitate to buy So Addictive and experience the latest in DVD-Audio.

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