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The Id

by Macy Gray
     
 

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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

Overview

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."

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2001
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099750408926
catalogNumber:
5040892

Tracks

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
Lonnie Marshall   Bass
Raphael Saadiq   Guitar
Erykah Badu   Vocals
Herb Graham   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,farfisa organ
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,Percussion,Background Vocals,Skit
Darice Murphy   Children's Chorus
Brian J. Durack   Pipe organ

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
Rita Marley   Composer
Charles Veal   String Arrangements
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Keith Ciancia   Composer
Jim Goodwin   Pro-Tools
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
Zac Rae   Composer,Orchestration
Finn Hammer   Composer
Tim LeBlanc   Engineer
DJ Kiilu Grand   Producer
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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