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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."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Macy Gray's throaty, somewhat strangled growl was a large reason why listeners were captivated by her debut album. They also loved the way the classicist songwriting was wrapped in fresh, colorful grooves and an idiosyncratic personality, sexy in its bohemian funkiness. On How Life Is became a word-of-mouth smash as much with the traditional urban R&B audience as it was with suburban college kids and NPR listeners, which left her with the freedom to do what she wanted on her second record, The Id. Here, Macy Gray lets her freak flag fly, almost to the detriment of everything else. Layers of overdubs are piled onto the record -- endless backing vocals, bubbling drum machines, loops, glistening synths, and gurgling guitars -- giving the record the appearance of a widescreen '70s soul fantasia filtered through postmodern hip-hop. Unfortunately, it's more appearance than reality, since there's not enough structure to support what the record wants to be. It often sounds good, often like a bright, contemporary take on Riot- and Fresh-era Sly Stone, but plays better in small doses. Over the course of the album, there's just too much effort in demonstrating Gray's "freakishness," culminating in the Germanic stomp of "Oblivion," and she just doesn't seem to have that much to say outside of cheerleading for "freaks" like her. So, it's an uneven second album, but there are moments that live up to the debut, such as "Sexual Revolution," "Boo" and, best of all, the Erykah Badu duet "Sweet Baby," easily the highlight of the album. There are just not enough of them to make this an entirely successful sophomore effort.
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.

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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998520028
  • Catalog Number: 85200

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Macy Gray Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Slick Rick Vocals
Billy Preston Organ
Marina Bambino Percussion
Lili Haydn Strings
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Arik Marshall Guitar
Dion D. Murdock Drums
Thom Russo Background Vocals
Jim Sitterly Violin
Angie Stone Track Performer
Daryle Swann Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Skit
Frank Walker Percussion
Erykah Badu Track Performer
Herb Graham Jr. Drums
Tim Carmon Organ
Dawn Beckman Background Vocals, Skit
Jeremy Ruzumna Organ, Synthesizer, Clavichord, Moog Synthesizer, Skit, Tack Piano
Ericka Yancey Background Vocals
Mos Def Track Performer
Jimmy Wooten Organ
Dustin Boyer Guitar
Latina Webb Background Vocals
Lejon Walker Background Vocals
Sy Smith Background Vocals
Printz Board Trumpet
David Wilder Bass
Zac Rae Clarinet, Piano, chamberlain, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Stylophone, Casio
Sunshine Anderson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Charles Veal String Arrangements
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Lili Haydn String Arrangements
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Mike Melnick Engineer
John Myers Engineer
Rick Rubin Executive Producer
Thom Russo Engineer, Pro-Tools
Daryle Swann Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Sean McClintock Engineer
Phil Gitomer Engineer
Adam Olmsted Engineer
Macy Gray Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Krystof Zizka Engineer
Jay Goin Engineer
Zac Rae Orchestration
Ricky Chao Engineer
Tim LeBlanc Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Id-credible

    Macy Gray certainly had a lot to prove with her second album ''The Id''. Following on the heels of her critically acclaimed and commercially successful ''On How Life is'' was no easy feat. Miss Gray has certainly proven herself. ''The Id'' is a funky throwback party album with a plethora of talented guests partying along with her. The lead single off the album, ''Sweet Baby'', features the irrepressible Erykah Badu. Although a funky little r&b ballad, this song is not ''I Try'' part two. It is an incredible song on it's own. The album, too, is not an attempt to recreate the magic of the first. It has it's own vibe... celebrating love and sex and passion... all things driven by the id of the human psyche. Other tracks that stand out are ''Boo'' where Macy ponders ''if this is love, it's a good thing you don't hate me'' and ''Gimme All Your Lovin' or I'll Kill You'' where we come to the realization that ''it's amazing what a gun to the head can do''. In a time when singer-songwriters tend to have weak sophomore albums (partly because they spend so long trying to get discovered, that by the time they are, they have refined to perfection the ten to twelve songs that they cut on their demo albums), it is refreshing to see a second album that shows as much character and style as her first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    Heard about Macy from VH1's Band's on the Run winner Flickerstick... checked out the new album and yeah, the songwritings there, and for those missing Prince circa the late 80's ... well this is for you as there are many Prince-isms for those who really know Prince. The voice can be a little sketchy... sometimes it's a little too affected... but this album is definitely worth checking out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yes, her voice but...that head!

    I gotta give it to Macy Gray. There's a lot to love here. Her honest, hard looking and ultimately accepting lyrics. Her diverse and inclusive influences. Her fearless self confidence and sense of adventure as evidenced by the tune ''Oblivion''( which by the way, was one of the highlights to a recent live show). Her sharp sense of humor. That one of a kind voice, and the fact that everything about her is totally unique in a time when most major label artists are practically forbidden to be so. If she's responible for this new alternative soul movement, then the Alycia Keys, and India Arie's had better start digging deep for their next one cause Macy has made quite a showing here. Stand out tracks are many , and though there may not be any one single that tops ''I try'' (though ''Don't Come Around'' may come close) I can happily choose almost any one of these tracks as my favorite on any given morning drive. Overall, it's just fun.

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