Released: 13th May 2002.
Some albums promoted by extraordinary tracks, such as "Oops (Oh My)", can either live up to the expectations or totally disappoint. Which category does "Southern Hummingbird" fall into then?
Surely the debut single, "Oops (Oh My)", co-written by Missy Elliott, is the best track here, with astounding production by Timbaland. The follow up single, "Call Me", also penned with Elliott, is no bad either, being fairly catchy.
There are a couple of old school slow jams, one with Prince-soundalike Bilal, called "Best Fried", and "My Place", following the same mood. There's a weak-disco track, "Boogie 2nite", which I find really annoying but at least it lets you know of its existance.
And, to be honest, that is it. The remaining tracks form a lifeless drivel, and you start wondering if maybe the team were low on something (like food, drink, electricity) while recording this, as surely something could have been saved if treated with some more effort.
What's even worse, the album includes a really annoying 'thank you' track ("Southern Hummingbird Outro") - why oh why do so many urban artist feel the urge to make thousands of listeners go through something that belongs to the CD inlay in small print?
That's my verdict. "Southern Hummingbird" is a huge disappointment, maybe due to the fact that the singles are nothing like the rest of the album, therefore, nothing you'd expect.
Best track: "Oops (Oh My)"
Worst track: "Boogie 2nite"