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On How Life Is

Macy GrayAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)

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listen  7. Still (Album Version) 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with her debut album On How Life Is and the massive hit single “I Try" both of which went number 1 all over the world. The album went on to sell 7 million copies worldwide with Gray winning a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Macy Gray has gone on to sell more than 15,000,000 ... Read more in Amazon's Macy Gray Store

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  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JQFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Macy Gray ~ On How Life Is

Macy Gray's debut draws heavily on '70s funk traditions to make its progressive-R&B points. With help from a band including former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Arik Marshall, she uses her raw yet controlled voice to celebrate sex ("Sexomatic," "Caligula"), God ("I Can't Wait to Meetchu"), and injustice ("I've Committed Murder"). Gray's songwriting doesn't seem fully developed yet, but On How Life Is is a striking first shot nonetheless. --Rickey Wright

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170 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That voice! February 28, 2000
By Caz
Format:Audio CD
I had heard "Do Something" on MTV when this CD first came out... I enjoyed it, but wasn't bowled over. I'm usually not a big fan of R&B, soul music. A couple friends of mine played this CD in their car constantly at the end of last summer. I ended up purchasing the disc because I couldn't get "I Try" out of my head. This disc may not hit you immediately, but let me assure you IT WILL GROW ON YOU and you will love it! It's my favorite disc of 1999. I purchased it back in August and continue listening to it today. For a guy with a 700+ cd collection that says a lot. Most cd's find their way onto a shelf and rarely come back down. I saw Macy in concert here in Pittsburgh recently. She is an incredible talent and deserves much success. I consider my self an 'adult alternative' fan with tastes that range from Everything but the Girl to Dead Can Dance to Pet Shop Boys... love a real voice (Sarah, Sting), love drama (Erasure, Depeche Mode)... hate polish (Whitney, Mariah)... love Macy Gray. Check her out. You won't be disappointed!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very intoxicating sound... February 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
My partner purchased this CD several months ago, after it was first released. Neither one of us had heard anything about her--it was just set up at a listening station at a record store and he thought I would like it (he knows that I enjoy women who sing with lots of emotion.) The CD sat in the music rack for months before I listened to it for the first time last week. I did not see her on SNL; hear her on Rosie; nor have I ever watched any of her videos. I can honestly say that I wish I had not waited so long, because this woman is GREAT!
The beautiful thing about 'On How Life Is' is that it is truly just that--stories about life, sung by a woman with the most refreshing voice I have heard in years (and I am not one of these twenty-somethings that some reviewers here think are the only people who would find her sound refreshing...) The more I listen to her sing, the more I feel intoxicated by the sound. Unfortunately I discovered this woman after her show here in Seattle sold out, but I can only hope that she will have much future success and somehow live up to the pedestal I am placing her on.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macy Gray Wows This Crowd January 30, 2000
By Miss P
Format:Audio CD
My friend has been telling me for months to buy this cd. When I finally got tired of listening to him talk about it, I broke down and bought it and all I can say is WOW! This cd is great for roadtrips. It's great for getting ready in the morning. It's great when you're in a terrible mood and nothing else seems to get you out of it. It's great when you're getting ready to go out and get your groove on. IT's just great!
Macy Gray's voice does not belong in this century, although I'm glad it's here. Her sound is reminiscent of the great ones like Ella, Billie and Sarah--those voices that they just don't make anymore. She's sassy, funky and fun, all the things I love in an artist.
The cd itself is PACKED with good tunes that make you want to get up and dance around your living room, or drive up next to someone on the highway and groove out in the window. If I had to pick my favorites (which is close to impossible) I would say "Why Didn't You Call Me" and "The Letter," but there isn't one song on this disc that I skip over.
Keep them coming Miss Gray and I'll keep buying.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPORT ONLY ONE EXTRA TRACK March 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The import version of this cd is from australia. Its booklet has full lyrics but there's only one extra track. Otherwise a great cd.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COME ON WITH IT GIRL June 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was shopping in a mall, heard this fab and sultry voice with the intoxicating beat. I had to know who is this? What is this song? Sounds like Boy George, Tina Turner, Billie Holiday, Rod Stewart! Who is this? A customer told me, "It's Macy Gray, singing I Try". I rushed to the closest CD store and purchased this jewel for myself. Little did I know I was in for a treat. This girl knows how to work her sexual lyrics; in Caligula and Sex-o-matic Venus Freak! Whooa,baby! See, I am a late forties woman, the kid stations put sex out on the table "lick the lips below your navel" too crass. But this lady, dresses up her sexual songs that gets the point across in a wordplay that's outta this world. Not only that, "Still" speaks to many women who stay in a bad relationship. She's soooo real. Her first cut, "Why didn't you call me", Yeah baby, I can relate. Her spiritual side boggles my mind. Tellin' God, "I can't wait to meet you." That should be played on some of the Christian radio stations. And "I Committed Murder" what skillful ideas she has! She's the bomb. I can't wait to see another release. COME ON WITH IT GIRL!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely fresh February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Tired of all those divas who think singing is how loud, high and long they can extend a note? Bored with song after song that say the same thing and say nothing at all? Concerned that the prerequisite for female music stardom these days depends more on the ability to crush walnuts on one's abdomen while virtually defining the word "perky" on other parts of their anatomy?
Well, welcome to some real music from a real woman. Macy's track "I Try" ended up in the top twenty of 1999 in the UK, and is currently #1 in Australia. It took an SNL appearance to finally get her sales kick-started in the US, but there's no stopping the Grey steamroller now!
This is an album that sneaks around the edges of your subconscience rather than strike you in the face. No "hooks". No remakes. No samples. But you'll find yourself humming these tunes for months. And you'll be hearing on radio all year.
There've been several comparisons to Billie Holliday, but Macy is not really like that. More like Janis Joplin if she made it to forty and cleaned up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut !
Funky from beginning to end. Macy has an "unusual" voice but damn if she can't sing. Of course the first song I heard was "I Try. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna R. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice album
Published 2 months ago by roatan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Quirky and wonderful Macy Gray never disappoints me and this album is no exception, it's not just one song that is good they are all great.
Published 12 months ago by berni
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut
This CD is amazing and I love every track on this CD. My favorites are Do Something, I Try, and Caligula. Macy made a great debut CD which has lead to many more great CD's. Read more
Published 17 months ago by chase o'malley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great songs, sexual, sensual, diverse. I use this as my wake up driving to work a;bum it rocks me to work
Published 18 months ago by mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Macy
Great CD, great quality cd completely happy with my purchase. On my way to updating (in a way) my music finally.
Published 18 months ago by SurpriseMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome...
As always, although i think this is one of her best. can't put it down. a definate encouragement to invest in more Macy:)
Published 20 months ago by drunaus1
5.0 out of 5 stars her first cd
although her first cd, my most recent purchase. I'm frequently back asswards like that. It is still a great piece of work. If I bought this first, I'd still buy her later cd's. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mike McElfresh
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful album
Macy Gray's unique voice compliments her beautiful and sometimes painful lyrics - she is truly making art. This ain't pop.
Published 21 months ago by ginarex
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joys Of Non-Conformity
Macy Gray had a great thing going right from the start. Emmerging at the tail end of the 90's at a time when people such as Destiny's Child and TLC were still at the R&B... Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
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