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The Id

Macy GrayAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Relating To A Psychopath (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Boo (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sexual RevolutionMacY Gray 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hey Young World Part 2 (featuring Slick Rick) (Album Version)Macy Gray featuring Slick Rick 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sweet Baby (featuring Erykah Badu) (Album Version)Macy Gray featuring Erykah Badu 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Harry (Album Version)MacY Gray 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Don't Come Around (featuring Sunshine Anderson) (Album Version)Macy Gray featuring Sunshine Anderson 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  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 
listen10. Freak Like Me (Album Version)MacY Gray 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Oblivion (Album Version)MacY Gray 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Forgiveness (Album Version)MacY Gray 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Blowin' Up Your Speakers (Album Version)MacY Gray 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Shed (Album Version)MacY Gray 4:17$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 (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 (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Gray...Take a Bow November 6, 2001
By Miss P
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore slump not for Macy September 20, 2001
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Shhheeee'sss Baaaacckkkkk! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Follow Up! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Macy Did It Again
Bravo Bravo Macy! You did it again , you proved that you can make a great album that is better than your first. So many great tracks , that I can't name any as my favorites.
Published 15 months ago by chase o'malley
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive, always interesting, very well produced
Sure, Macy Gray doesn't have a traditional singing voice...but in terms of making an impact, this album gets all five stars. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by ILikeAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Id: Salute the freak flag!
I was about 12 when Macy Gray's I Try hit the airwaves back in early 2000. I was more into No Doubt and the pop scene (I was a tween after all), but I kinda liked the song and... Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by rmcrae
5.0 out of 5 stars Macy Gray With A Masterpiece Second Time Out
One just knew from her debut that as Macy Gray progressed in her career her music was going to become less rather than more commercially viable. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars The Id
I was late to purchase this CD. I started my Macy collection with Big (5 stars) and decided to keep it going. I'm glad I did. I really like this CD. Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars P-Funk continued
I hear George Clinton's Parliament and Prince, maybe even a touch of the Beatles here - but most of all I hear Macy Gray. Respect Sister!!! You're real. Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by D. Bieler
2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars
Well... at least the album has a fitting title.

In the liner notes, 'the id' is defined as the actions one does before thinking. That perfectly describes this album. Read more
Published on November 24, 2006 by W. E. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Genious!
This CD is genious. It was so underated and unexcepted because pop radio refused to play it. Everyone thought Macy was a pop princess after the success of her first CD and single... Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by Jarrod S. Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars The Id
When I first heard Macy Gray's voice, I feared that the mass public would jump on her bandwagon because of her unique vocal styling then dump her by her second disc. Read more
Published on December 26, 2005 by Geminigirl
5.0 out of 5 stars got to feel this dance in my head
i love this album. nothing makes me happier than "related to a psychopath." the girl's lyrical, passionate, has a tremendous sense of humor, and is deeply talented. Read more
Published on July 6, 2005 by heyhey
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