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One of the most successful artists of 2000, Macy Gray won the Grammy™ for Best Female Pop Vocal, took her debut album double platinum and produced the #1 smash "I Try." Her second album, The Id, features a duet with Erykah Badu on the first single, "Sweet Baby."

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In 1999, Macy Gray's On How Life Is filled a void that no one knew existed. The eccentric singer's unusual voice--more sand than gravel--and her eyebrow-raising lyrics consumed a massive space that was accessible but also controversial. After all the hype surrounding her just-add-water superstardom, the daunting question her follow-up, The Id, must answer is how well she can weather the abundant exposure. Over the course of Gray's second album, the novelty of her vocal style is somewhat tempered by her limited range. That said, what she lacks in octave-conquering she and producer Rick Rubin more than make up for in creativity. The album's many eclectic singles stand strong. "Psychopath" opens the disc with a wall-of-sound block party; it's a funky, celebratory track, well endowed with twangy surf guitar, glimpses of theremin, a ragga-inspired bass line, and lots of goodies floating in the song's highest register (backing vocals, splashes of cymbals, piano). Gray's album also benefits from a host of R&B and hip-hop guests, including Slick Rick, Sunshine Anderson, Angie Stone, Mos Def, and most notably Erykah Badu, who supports Gray on "Sweet Baby," a moving uptempo ballad that easily rivals the best that '70s soul has to offer. Once again, her lyrical sensibility is gripping, vacillating from whimsical ("Oblivion") to disturbing ("Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You"). In all, Macy Gray continues to wave her R&B freak flag while digging deep in the trenches of the vividly real. --Beth Massa

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  1. Relating To A Psychopath (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Boo (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Sexual Revolution (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Hey Young World, Pt. 2 (featuring Slick Rick) (Album Version)Macy Gray feat. Slick Rick 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Sweet Baby (featuring Erykah Badu) (Album Version)Macy Gray featuring Erykah Badu 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Harry (Album Version)MacY Gray 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Don't Come Around (featuring Sunshine Anderson) (Album Version)Macy Gray featuring Sunshine Anderson 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. My Nutmeg Phantasy (featuring Angie Stone & Mos Def) (Album Version)Macy Gray featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Freak Like Me (Album Version)MacY Gray 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Oblivion (Album Version)MacY Gray 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Forgiveness (Album Version)MacY Gray 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Blowin' Up Your Speakers (Album Version)MacY Gray 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Shed (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005NZWZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miss P on November 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ms. Gray...Take a Bow
The sophomore album is never an easy obstacle to overcome, especially when the debut album in question is the successful, multi-platinum "On How Life Is" (OHLI). Macy Gray rose to the surface of a talent pool made up of boy bands, teen temptresses and Seattle leftovers with a sound unlike anything we've ever heard. With a unique sound that is part child, part 2-pack-day-smoker, Ms. Gray knocks our socks off once again.
The first track, "Relating to a Psychopath" could just as easily fit on Beck's "Odelay" as it does on "The Id". It's a psychedelic rock and R&B jam that sets the entire mood for the cd. "Sexual Revolution" is a 60's song for a millennium crowd--sassy, sexy and completely groove-worthy. The stand out "Sweet Baby," featuring Erykah Badu is reminiscent of Gray's first album, but with much richer orchestration. "Gimme All Your Lovin...," although lyrically disturbing, is such an incredible song musically, that you can overlook the rather morbid lyrics. "Don't Come Around" is a jazzy blues ballad in which you can't help but hear Aretha's influence. "Freak Like Me" and "Harry" are the album's guilty pleasures--pop songs that are so well produced that you forget that they're pop songs. And finally, one of my personal favorites, "Forgiveness," which is smooth like butter and an all-around beautiful song. I only wish that it ended the album.
There are a few "odd" choices, for lack of a better word. I could definitely do without "Hey Young World," even though it's cool to see Macy do a song with Slick Rick.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 20, 2001
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Hot on the heels of 'On How Life Is' comes Macy Gray's 2nd album, 'The Id'. And like its predecessor, this album is an impressive mix of catchy melodies, freaky lyrics and Macy's unique voice.
While there really isn't anything that screams MASSIVE HIT like I Try did, there are a large number of standout tracks on the disc, with a good blend of mid and uptempo songs. The highlights on the album include the somewhat rock-y 'Relating to a Psychopath', the jaunty and fun 'Sexual Revolution' and the tender 'Sweet Baby'. However my favourite track is definitely the bizaare circus/carnival tune that is 'Oblivion', which includes sparkling lyrical gems like 'I eat my marimbas' and 'I tingle when I sing/Bling bling bling ting ting ting'.
I could have done without the instrumental 'Blowin' Up Your Speakers' though, which threatens to do just that with its weird cacophony of noises.
However, on the whole, this is a great album and is definitely worth spending your money on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mac Donald on June 10, 2002
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Though Macy Gray's public image may cause many to believe she is a little wacky, in her newest album, "The Id," she reaffirms what is going on inside of her head.
With this new music, Gray admits to being a "psychopath," but she remains unafraid to "express what is taboo" in her.
By delving into her own instinctual subconscious, Gray has created an album filled with records that stretch her talents as an artist. Each track is not only funky and original but also enjoyable individually.
Gray's debut album, "On How Life Is," established her as a leader of the soul singer revival, but since then the industry has seen an influx of youthful, soulful singer/songwriters.
With this new album, Gray shows why she still rules the genre.
She experiments with inventive beats and explicit lyrics, composing each song with accuracy, while demonstrating a skill that is a cut above the others.
She expresses in songs "Gimme All You Lovin' or I Will Kill You," and "My Nutmeg Phantasy" why the title of her album suits her Freudian indulgences.
Gray sings: "It's amazing what a gun to the head can do/My baby loves me now as hard as he can/My methods may be suspect/But you gotta get love however you can!" She fills the tracks with brassy horns, organs and other orchestrations, creating a new sound in her music.
With each song composed uniquely separate from the rest, Gray seems, at times, as though she is allowing the album to go somewhere it does not belong, but then she pulls it back to its center with a simple lyrical phrase.
In the disco inspired "Sexual Revolution," she sings: "Everybody break it/Every rule, constriction/My papa told me to be home by now/but my party has just begun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A* VINE VOICE on September 19, 2001
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Macy Gray did more than just avoid the sophomore jinx she went in a totaly different direction! The Id has to be the most complex and musically focused album of the year so far! The main talent Gray has in her favor is her voice. Raspy, untamed and soulfull Gray's voice is like Billy Holliday's after the worst breakup of her life! The soul in Gray's voice is almost unmatched by any other vocalist in her genre save Badu, Stone, and Arie! The album flows in such an easy on uncontrolled atmosphere that she covers every disapointment from love to therapy. The tracks "Sweet Baby" and "Relating To A Psychopath" are the standouts from an excellent disc. If you don't like her voice you should buy the disc and try to fall for it or you have missed some of the best R&B of the past few decades. With her passion fueled freshman disc and her mind numbing follow up Gray has built a library that is already bound for history.
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