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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Relating To A Psychopath (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:48

Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Stephanie Alexander, Background Vocal - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Jinsoo Lim, Guitar - Davey Chidwiggen, Percussion - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Background Vocal - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Performer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Composer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Keyboards - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Guitar - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Composer - David Wilder, Bass - Erica Yancey, Background Vocal - Sy Smith, Background Vocal - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Marina Bambino, Background Vocal - Marina Bambino, Percussion - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Boo (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:23

Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Stephanie Alexander, Background Vocal - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Background Vocal - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Performer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Composer - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Programmer - LeJon Walker, Background Vocal - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Composer - Sy Smith, Background Vocal - Zac Rae, Composer - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Arik Marshall, Guitar - Victor Indrizzo, Composer - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Latina Webb, Background Vocal - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

3
Sexual Revolution (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:45

Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Tim Izo Orindgreff, Background Vocal - Tim Izo Orindgreff, Saxophone - Lily Haydn, Arranger - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Sy Smith, Background Vocal - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Performer - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Arik Marshall, Guitar - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Erica Yancey, Background Vocal - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Printz Board, Background Vocal - Printz Board, Arranger - Printz Board, Trumpet - Marina Bambino, Percussion - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Isaiha Avila, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer - Jane Lopez, Background Vocal - Jeremy Ruzumna, Composer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Keyboards - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Steve Baxter, Background Vocal - Steve Baxter, Trombone - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Jinsoo Lim, Guitar - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Composer - Stephanie Alexander, Background Vocal - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Jeff Chestek, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

4
Hey Young World Part 2 (featuring Slick Rick) (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:02

Ronesha Davis, Performer - Mel Hinds, Performer - Jinsoo Lim, Guitar - Shawki Jibri, Performer - Paloma Elsesser, Performer - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Drums - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Mixing Engineer - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Sequoia Reyes, Performer - Macy Gray, Vocal - Macy Gray, Composer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Arranger - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Programmer - Sunnie Swann, Performer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Dave Way, Bass - Aanisah Hinds, Performer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Bass - Macy Gray featuring Slick Rick, Performer - Ricky Walters, Composer - Ricky Walters, Lyricist - Kaya Tafari Joseph, Performer - Herb Graham Jr., Drums - Zac Rae, Guitar - Zac Rae, Piano - Zac Rae, Acoustic Cello - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Tyler Beckwith, Performer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer - Kiilu Beckwith, Co-Producer - Kiilu Beckwith, Performer - Slick Rick, Performer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Sweet Baby (featuring Erykah Badu) (Album Version)
Erykah Badu
00:03:49

Joe Solo, Composer - Erykah Badu, Background Vocal - Charles Veal Jr., Arranger - Keefus, Organ - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Keyboards - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Programmer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Macy Gray featuring Erykah Badu, Performer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Bass - Zac Rae, Piano - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - John Frusciante, Guitar - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Billy Preston, Keyboards - Thom Russo, Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Marina Bambino, Percussion

(P) 2001 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

6
Harry (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:03:10

Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Tim Izo Orindgreff, Clarinet - Frank Walker, Percussion - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Sy Smith, Background Vocal - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Audra Cunningham Nishita, Background Vocal - Davey Chidwiggen, Percussion - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Programmer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Composer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Performer - Dustin Boyer, Guitar - Arik Marshall, Guitar - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Drums - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Isaiha Avila, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Tim Carmon, Organ - Neil Ward, Engineer - Herb Graham Jr., Drums - Jeremy Ruzumna, Organ - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Fanny Franklin, Background Vocal - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Bass - Stephanie Alexander, Background Vocal - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - DJ Kiilu, Scratches - Jeff Chestek, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:45

Tim Izo Orindgreff, Saxophone - Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Jinsoo Lim, Guitar - Keefus, Keyboards - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Performer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Composer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Organ - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Guitar - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Pamela Williams, Background Vocal - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - David Wilder, Bass - Sy Smith, Background Vocal - Fanny Franklin, Background Vocal - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Arik Marshall, Composer - Arik Marshall, Guitar - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Steve Baxter, Trombone - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Printz Board, Horns - Printz Board, Trumpet - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer - Audra Cunningham Nishita, Background Vocal

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Don't Come Around (featuring Sunshine Anderson) (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:37

Tim Izo Orindgreff, Flute - Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Stephanie Alexander, Background Vocal - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Charles Veal Jr., Arranger - Macy Gray featuring Sunshine Anderson, Performer - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Drums - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Composer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Piano - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - James Wooten, Organ - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - Sy Smith, Background Vocal - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Producer - Raphael Saadiq, Guitar - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Steve Baxter, Trombone - Billy Preston, Organ - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Printz Board, Arranger - Printz Board, Trumpet - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Marina Bambino, Background Vocal - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
My Nutmeg Phantasy (featuring Angie Stone & Mos Def) (Album Version)
Macy Gray featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def
00:04:55

Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Dion Murdock, Drums - Tim Izo Orindgreff, Saxophone - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Angie Stone, Background Vocal - Si Smith, Background Vocal - Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Mos Def, Background Vocal - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Billy Preston, Organ - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Audra Cunningham Nishita, Background Vocal - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Background Vocal - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Guitar - Keefus, Keyboards - Macy Gray featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def, Performer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Printz Board, Background Vocal - Printz Board, Trumpet - Finn Hammer, Composer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - LeJon Walker, Background Vocal - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer - Tom Ralls, Composer - Gabby Lang, Sitar - Jeremy Ruzumna, Keyboards - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Pamela Williams, Background Vocal - Steve Baxter, Trombone - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Fanny Franklin, Background Vocal - Jinsoo Lim, Guitar - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - Marc Cross, Background Vocal - Keith Ciancia, Composer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - DJ Kiilu, Scratches - Lonnie Marshall, Composer - Lonnie Marshall, Lyricist - Lonnie Marshall, Bass - Jeff Chestek, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
Freak Like Me (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:03:37

Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Gary Zekley, Composer - Jinsoo Lim, Guitar - Frank Walker, Percussion - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Performer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Piano - Jeremy Ruzumna, Organ - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - Eric Hord, Composer - Zac Rae, Keyboards - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
Oblivion (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:02:47

Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Stephanie Alexander, Background Vocal - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Brian Lester, Composer - Brian Lester, Organ - Frank Walker, Percussion - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Vocal Arranger - Macy Gray, Performer - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Background Vocal - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - Fanny Franklin, Background Vocal - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Thom Russo, Background Vocal - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer - Audra Cunningham Nishita, Background Vocal

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

12
Forgiveness (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:05:17

Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Frank Walker, Percussion - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Lyricist - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Performer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Organ - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - Hoyt Axton, Composer - Tom Ralls, Trombone - Tracy Wannamoe, Bass Clarinet - DJ Kiilu, Scratches - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Arik Marshall, Guitar - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Printz Board, Trumpet - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

13
Blowin' Up Your Speakers (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:01:07

Rich Veltrop, Mixing Engineer - Robert Read, Mixing Engineer - Frank Walker, Percussion - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Percussion - Jeff Chestek, Engineer - Mike Melnick, Engineer - Macy Gray, Producer - Macy Gray, Composer - Macy Gray, Executive Producer - Macy Gray, Performer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Organ - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Programmer - Phil Gitomer, Engineer - Dave Way, Mixing Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Engineer - Tim LeBlanc, Mixing Engineer - Tom Ralls, Trombone - Tracy Wannamoe, Bass Clarinet - DJ Kiilu, Scratches - Mike Elizondo, Bass - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Arik Marshall, Guitar - Victor Indrizzo, Drums - Jay Goin, Engineer - Jay Goin, Mixing Engineer - Thom Russo, Engineer - Adam Olmstead, Engineer - Allissa Myhowich, Mixing Engineer - Rick Rubin, Executive Producer - Printz Board, Trumpet - Kristof Zizka, Engineer - Ricky Chao, Engineer - Sean McClintock, Engineer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixing Engineer - Neil Ward, Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

14
Shed (Album Version)
Macy Gray
00:04:17

Jeremy Ruzumna, Composer - Jeremy Ruzumna, Keyboards - Darryl Swann, Producer - Darryl Swann, Engineer - Darryl Swann, Mixing Engineer - Darryl Swann, Composer - Darryl Swann, Programmer - Musiic Galloway, Background Vocal - Dawn Beckman, Background Vocal - Kiilu Grand, Scratches - Macy Gray, Composer - Macy Gray, Performer - Macy Gray, Lyricist

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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