The Trouble With Being Myself

July 15, 2003 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 48:50
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  • ASIN: B0013AV0N2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,840 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

In fact, I'm listening to this album right now while writing this review.
Francis
Macy Gray has a certain sex appeal and a uniqueness all her own in her ability to take a wide range of music and combine them to make a showpiece of music.
D. McCarthy
"My Fondest Childhood Memory" dips into Jamician ska shadings, and tells a hilarious story of taking revenge on your parent's lovers.
Karl Miller

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on July 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Is she Chaka Khan with a helium balloon? Al Green on hormone replacement therapy? No, Macy Gray is one of the few truly original singer/songwriters of our day, and that is the true glory of her music.
"The Trouble With Being Myself" is radical, fresh, exciting - and, at the same time, classic soul music. Just like on her first two releases, Macy stakes her own ground with ballads, hip hop and sunny pop music that sounds like nothing else on the radio.
From the opening song, "When I See You", Macy makes it clear that soul music is alive and well in this era of samples and studio-engineered voices. "When I See You" is Memphis horns, Rufus scratch-styled guitar and Sly-ish keyboards. It's a great lead off track, but only hints at the promise of this disc.
"My Fondest Childhood Memory" dips into Jamician ska shadings, and tells a hilarious story of taking revenge on your parent's lovers. It's somewhat derivative of "I Committed Murder" from "On How Life It", but it hits you with an incredible beat, and those awesome Macy vocals.
"It Ain't The Money" teams Macy with Beck, which can only be described as a meeting of musical geniuses. It's a hard hip hop flavored track, but has such an experimental, play in the studio feel that you can't call it rap.
"She Ain't Right For You" is beautiful, lush and Macy's best ballad yet (which says a lot, considering what a great song "I Try" is). The track creates more heat than a bonfire - and is perfect for Macy's slightly off-kilter vocals. You can't help but fall in love with a song as beautiful as this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Waren on January 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the most underrated and underplayed albums of 2003 and that is a real shame! Macy Gray is a truly gifted artist. Fans (and those that are not) of Macy Gray would be hard pressed not to like this funky blend of musical sex and love. Song highlights from the album include:
Track #1 "When I See You": Macy starts the funky party right with an all too identifiable song about the complexities of relationships.
Track #2: "It Ain't The Money" (featuring Pharoahe Monch): Yes, Macy there is more to life than materialism and corporate greed. We all need to be reminded of this more.
Track # 3: "She Ain't Right For You": How many times I have said the same thing?
Track #5: "Come Together": Macy sings about falling in love and coming together again. The relationship histories we share with a person(s).
Track #6: "She Doesn't Write Songs About You": A perfect companion piece to Track #3.
Track #7: "Jesus For A Day": Macy sings about the being the ultimate "miracle worker" yet I feels she understand (or is beginning to understand) the endless possibilities we all pocess.
Track #8: "My Fondest Childhood Memories": Fun song. It tells the story of how a daughter keeps her adulterous parents together my killing off any potential lovers for them.

Track #9: "Happiness": (Personal happiness without drugs?) Macy reminds us that there are many types of junkies in this world.
Track #10 "Speechless": M-O-R-E L-O-V-E says it all.
Track #11: "Screamin'": (Again this line says it all) "All of my troubles go away when you're on top of me, loving me down, making sounds and it is so good I an screaming."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danie Dean on June 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Macy is in a class of her own. This cd is almost perfect. I love her unique voice. She is funky and soulful. Nobody matches the soulfulness of her voice. The songs are unique, strange, and wonderful. She is so quirky and real.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas King VINE VOICE on October 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although this album isn't really a departure for Ms. Gray, I don't think that's a bad thing at all. TTWBM is just as exuberant, funky, and soulful as her previous two albums, and she's tinkered with the sound only slightly. Musically, it seems to have more spacey electronic sounds thrown in to spice up the more traditional R&B production. Lyrically, she's on pretty familiar territory, exploring her spirituality and sexuality with a healthy dose of humor. "When I See You" is an funky ode to fighting just to make up, "Come Together" explores our society's attempts at unity after tragic recent events, "My Fondest Childhood Memories" is Macy's THIRD song about a murder fantasy, and "Screamin'" is about finding relief in sexual ecstacy. How can you resist someone so original, talented and adorable?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neptunian Spirit on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Macy Gray sadly would suffer a slight decline in her popularity, a common problem with some whose debut to critic's can never be bested in their eyes. Macy continued to release new music in her own distinct vein with 2001' "The Id" & this, 2003's "The Trouble With Being Myself". Though the critics finally "got" this record, beyond her fans, Top 40 radio had moved on from the neo-soul movement, & one of the most promising soul singers fell into obscurity sales wise.

I myself was one of the few who purchased this great album back in 2003, & continues to spin it today. This album to me is what we need more of in RnB: original, yet accesible beats & melodies, a voice that no one can forget, & thought-provoking lyrics. This record gives that & more.

"When I See You" opens the album with a fresh slice of funk, finding Macy still knows how to party & make that feel good music. Another highlight is "Jesus For A Day" which I really can't put into words, but can only say 'wow'. I also enjoyed "Things That Made Me Change" & "Speechless" which found Macy dealing with many introspective issues as with on her debut, but with the idiosyncratic nature of her sophmore follow-up.

I like how Macy adrresses the idea of love as something tangible, but that once you have it, you have to be able to hold onto it without losing what you "grabbed" it for in the beginning. She seems to channel the up's & down's of romance well through song.

I recommend this to any Macy Gray fan who never got a chance to listen to this underrated album, which combines what made both of her previous efforts great.
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