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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Macy Gray's ubiquitous soulful rasp has been called an acquired taste, but it's a taste that's been acquired by millions since the release of her first album, 1999's multi-platinum On How Life Is. So does her follow-up, The Id, do justice to a debut so rife with personality and musicality that it practically needed a new genre to house it? The answer, in the form of another devilishly rich fusion of funk, soul, and rock, is a resounding yes, as Gray sets her frank spiels on sex, relationships, and insanity to irresistible, hook-spiked tunes with billowing choruses. She addresses the nasty with a feminist tang on forthright songs such as "Sexual Revolution" and the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Macy Gray's ubiquitous soulful rasp has been called an acquired taste, but it's a taste that's been acquired by millions since the release of her first album, 1999's multi-platinum On How Life Is. So does her follow-up, The Id, do justice to a debut so rife with personality and musicality that it practically needed a new genre to house it? The answer, in the form of another devilishly rich fusion of funk, soul, and rock, is a resounding yes, as Gray sets her frank spiels on sex, relationships, and insanity to irresistible, hook-spiked tunes with billowing choruses. She addresses the nasty with a feminist tang on forthright songs such as "Sexual Revolution" and the funky jam "Harry," where she asserts her desire to maintain a purely sexual, no-strings-attached liaison. She looks at the flip side of that coin on "Boo," on which she examines a dysfunctional relationship and concludes, "If this is love/It's a good thing you don't hate me." As if responding to folks wondering about her wacky persona, Gray relishes her kookiness -- lyrically on the bouncy, rock-driven opening track "Relating to a Psychopath" and the lushly arranged "Freak Like Me," and musically on the carnivalesque "Oblivion." She gets a little help from her friends on a couple of winning tracks: the reggae-tinged revamp of Slick Rick's rap classic "Hey Young World Part 2," which features the rapper, and the soulful first single "Sweet Baby," with Erykah Badu on backing vocals. For Gray -- and at this point in social history, most of her fans -- the world is an unstable, chaotic place, but music and love are the balm for all ailments. As she sings on the affirmative chorus of "Sweet Baby," "Life is crazy/But there's one thing I'm sure of/That I'm your lady/Always baby/And I'll love you now and ever."
Rolling Stone - Toure
The Id is not unlike Gray's brilliant 1999 debut, On How Life Is, filled with upbeat funk and mellow soul and exquisitely crafted songs about love and sex, with a little violence and a lot of humor. But she's really come into her own with psychedelic disco-soul anthems like "Sexual Revolution."
Blender - Erik Himmelsbach
A conceptual bacchanal of sweat-drenched lust, channeling the salacious spirit of Al Green before Jesus washed his mouth out with soap.

A conceptual bacchanal of sweat-drenched lust, channeling the salacious spirit of Al Green before Jesus washed his mouth out with soap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2001
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099750408995
  • Catalog Number: 504089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Relating to a psychopath (4:48)
  2. 2 Boo (4:25)
  3. 3 Sexual revolution (4:44)
  4. 4 Hey Young World Part 2 (4:03)
  5. 5 Sweet Baby (3:49)
  6. 6 Harry (3:10)
  7. 7 Gimme all your lovin' or I will kill you (4:45)
  8. 8 Don't Come Around - Sunshine Anderson (4:37)
  9. 9 My nutmeg fantasy (4:55)
  10. 10 Freak Me Like (3:38)
  11. 11 Oblivion (2:49)
  12. 12 Forgiveness (5:17)
  13. 13 Blowin' Up Your Speakers/The Shed (1:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Macy Gray Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Slick Rick Vocals
Billy Preston Organ, Clavinet
Marina Bambino Percussion, Background Vocals
John Frusciante Guitar
Lili Haydn Strings
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Arik Marshall Guitar
Tom Ralls Trombone
Thom Russo Background Vocals
Angie Stone Vocals
Pamela Williams Background Vocals
Raphael Saadiq Guitar
Erykah Badu Vocals
Herb Graham Jr. Drums
Tim Carmon Organ
Steve Baxter Trombone, Background Vocals
Dawn Beckman Background Vocals, Skit
Mike Elizondo Bass
Jeremy Ruzumna Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Clavinet, Skit, Tack Piano
Tracy Wannomae Bass Clarinet
?uestlove Percussion, Drums
Ericka Yancey Background Vocals
Mos Def Vocals
Dustin Boyer Guitar
Latina Webb Background Vocals
Lejon Walker Background Vocals
Sy Smith Background Vocals
Printz Board Trumpet, Background Vocals
Zac Rae Organ, Synthesizer, Clarinet, Guitar, Piano, chamberlain, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Stylophone, Casio
Sunshine Anderson Vocals
Darren Johnson fender rhodes
Stephanie Alexander Background Vocals
Tim Izo Orindgreff Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Audra Cunningham Nishita Background Vocals, Skit
Aanisah Hinds Children's Chorus
Jinsoo Lim Guitar
DJ Kiilu Grand Turntables
Gabby Lang Sitar
Isaih Avila Drums
Sunnie Swan Children's Chorus
Keefus Ciancia Synthesizer
Tyler Beckwith Children's Chorus
Shawki Jibri Children's Chorus
Sequoia Reyes Children's Chorus
Ronesha Davis Children's Chorus
Paloma Elsesser Children's Chorus
Mel Hinds Children's Chorus
Marc Cross Background Vocals
Kaya Tafari Joseph Children's Chorus
Jane Lopez Background Vocals
James Wooten Organ
Frank Walker Percussion
Fannie Franklin Background Vocals
Dion Murdock Drums
Davey Chedwiggen Percussion
Dave Wilder Bass
Darryl Swann Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals, Skit
Darice Murphy Children's Chorus
Brian J. Durack Pipe organ
Lonnie "Meganut" Marshall Bass
Keefus Cancia farfisa organ
Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
Rita Marley Composer
Charles Veal String Arrangements
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Keith Ciancia Composer
Lili Haydn String Arrangements
Victor Indrizzo Composer
Arik Marshall Composer
Mike Melnick Engineer
Tom Ralls Composer
Rick Rubin Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Thom Russo Engineer
Ricky Walters Composer
Gary Zekley Composer
Lonnie Marshall Composer
Raphael Saadiq Producer, String Arrangements
Erykah Badu Vocal Arrangements
Joe Solo Composer
Sean McClintock Engineer
Phil Gitomer Engineer
Dawn Beckman Vocal Arrangements
Jeremy Ruzumna Composer
?uestlove Additional Production
Macy Gray Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Sy Smith Vocal Arrangements
Printz Board Horn Arrangements
Vlado Meller Mastering
Zac Rae Composer, Orchestration
Finn Hammer Composer
Tim LeBlanc Engineer
DJ Kiilu Grand Producer
Jim Goodwin Pro-Tools
Adam Olmstead Engineer
John Myers Engineer
Eric Hord Composer
Dave Wilder Composer
Darryl Swann Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
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