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Talking Book

Macy GrayAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B009B1ENDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
2. Maybe Your Baby
3. You And I (We Can Conquer The World)
4. Tuesday Heartbreak
5. You've Got It Bad Girl
6. Superstition
7. Big Brother
8. Blame It On The Sun
9. Looking For Another Pure Love
10. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

Editorial Reviews

Originally released by Motown Records on October 28, 1972, Talking Book saw Stevie Wonder enjoying more artistic freedom than ever before. As a multiple Grammy Award winner, the album contained 4 Top 10 singles including the # 1 smashes You Are The Sunshine Of My Life and Superstition. Macy Gray was hugely influenced by the record and worked with Metallica producer Hal Wilner to re-imagine the release from start to finish. The result is an album that showcases Macy's signature vocal sound while paying homage to an artist beloved all over the world.

This is my own personal gift to Stevie Wonder, for all that I learned from him and for his miraculous songs that change my life every time I hear them. This is not a tribute album or concert, it's a love letter and a big thank you card on record and on stage.
-Macy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder-ful tribute album November 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It's rather unusual for an artist to cover a single album, but that's exactly what Macy Gray is doing here. Paying tribute to Stevie Wonder's classic album here at it's 40 years jubilee.

In a way a strange choice perhaps as Macy's husky vocals are far cry from Wonder's amazing and jubilant voice. But that forces her to make her completely own interpretations, just the way a cover album should be. Even able to put a new spin on the classic hits of "You Are The Sunshine .." and "Superstitious", the last delivered in a slow groove version with the famous riff only making a brief and late appearance.

This is modern soul/funk at its best with sublime playing and perfect backing voices. And ofc the songs are all - even the lesser known - just brilliant masterpieces. What really lifts the album though is Macy's emotional engagement, the pain and self-examination of "Blame It On The Sun" and the infectious joy of "I believe..".

A surprisingly good and uplifting release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise and a Delight October 31, 2012
By Julius
Format:Audio CD
Macy's ode to Stevie Wonder is both unique and familiar at the same time. Superstition is definitely my favorite, but her version of Sunshine is endearing. A must have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When is she gonna get some respect?! October 30, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Macy does a very good job at interpreting Stevie's songs with a fresh spin! It's a must have if you're a fan of both these artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice February 3, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I'm old enough to remember when Stevie Wonder released this (then LP), was great then, still great now. Ms. Gray does an excellent homage to a master. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something New And Surprising December 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard about Macy Grey talking on this 1972 classic Stevie Wonder album,I met it an equal mixture of skepticism and awe. Seen many tributes to classic artists in the soul/R&B/funk world. But not many,if at all,have taken on a full album as a tribute. May have something to do with the music world's switch back to a more single record oriented ethic. Because I was very familiar with this album as well as Macy Gray,she didn't exactly seem like the first person I'd think of to pull this project off. On the other hand it was clear from the first songs I heard by her that Al Green,Esther Phillips,Sly Stone,Dinah Washington,Billie Holiday and..Stevie Wonder were obvious influences-musically and vocally. So I decided to give it a chance and see what was done.

Though of course more contemporary in production "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Big Brother" are the closest to the original musically and her band did an excellent job with them. The rock/funk strains of "Maybe Your Baby" are emphasized more strongly here with Macy's wailing,pleading interpretation and cleanly screaming guitars. Both "You and I" and "Blame It On The Sun" receive a very Hi/Al Green style make over,not surprising considering that the chords of the latter seemed highly influenced by Willie Mitchell anyway. "Tuesday Heartbreak" is musically quite faithful to the original,though the production has somewhat less vitality-a somewhat typical trait of the retro soul sound. "Superstition" is the most radical change-a very dark reverb laden New Orleans type R&B with a lot of emphasis on the blues. Not my favorite on the album but a very radical change nonetheless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMASHEROOOOOO! October 31, 2012
Format:Audio CD
First heard the new single YOU AND I...a classic from Stevie and NOW with a groove that is a MUST HEAR!!!!....rule #1?...PLAY LOUD!...rule #2?...have FUN with MACY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars broken April 21, 2014
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tthis is getting out of hand im writing the same thing over and over and over and over and over
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good remake of Stevie Wonder's album... August 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD
In the movie world, making a remake is a common occurrence, but in the music an album remake is a rarity.

Macy Gray made a remake of one of my favorite albums, "Talking Book" by Stevie Wonder. Many songs are very similar to the original template, such as the well-known opening "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." On the other hand, the second most popular song from the album, "Superstition", was radically reworked. The song is lacking infectious bass lines, it's not so funky any more, it's more of the slow smoked, psychedelic blues.

But as I wrote, such a radical remake is more an exception than a rule of this album, and if modern production that caused some songs like "Maybe Your Baby" sound more powerful would be removed, the album could be easily put into the 70s.
The main difference is, of course, the unique voice of Macy Gray.

"Talking Book" was one of the Stevie Wonder's best albums and Macy's remake is a beautiful album, as well. The time didn't hurt it, quite opposite, and it's equally good both on the emotional and mental level.
Therefore, if you like Macy Gray and her voice, with her version of "Talking Book" you cannot miss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds
The best of both worlds old school music with a new school twist. All things are truly new again with this remake of Talking Book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Macy Gray is unique, talented and a excellent singer.
I love her voice and style of singing. When I saw the advertisement for her talking book I knew I had to have
it. Especially since I haven't heard from her in a while. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Sabine Bryan
2.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Macy Gray, but DISLIKE this album.
I am a huge Macy Gray fan. I have all of her albums, DVDs, and a majority of interviews archived. However, this album is a disappointment. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Macy Gray
Macy Gray is way better then that crap you're listening to now. Her farts have more expression than country music.
Published 20 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Macy Gray
This was a gift for my daughter who is a fan of Miss Gray. She just loves her voice, great!
Published 21 months ago by Babi
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk'n book Macy Style
As always, Macy delivers! She's a powerful artist who took on a powerful composition of songs to re-invent and she did it. I love this album.
Published 21 months ago by Nailah Randall-Bellinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tribute CD!
If you're a Macy Gray fan, you will love this CD. If you're a Stevie Wonder fan, you'll love this CD. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Kee
2.0 out of 5 stars Talking...
This CD, I simply regret to have bought it. There are two songs I like, but that isn't much of enthusiasm, is it. Macy could do better than this!
Published 22 months ago by Dieter Garbade
1.0 out of 5 stars Arrogance......
I'm sorry, she effed up every song on this wonderful classic. No I didn't buy it. I think it is incredibly arrogant of herself to even attempt to sing these songs in public, let... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tamika
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