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On How Life Is [CD]

Macy Gray Audio CD
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Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with her debut album On How Life Is and the massive hit single “I Try" both of which went number 1 all over the world. The album went on to sell 7 million copies worldwide with Gray winning a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Macy Gray has gone on to sell more than 15,000,000 ... Read more in Amazon's Macy Gray Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000259AY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do Something - Sample Git Up Git Out
2. Do Something - Sample Funky For You
3. Do Something - Sample Heartbeat
4. I've Committed Murder - Sample Live Right Now
5. I've Committed Murder - Sample Theme From Love Story
6. A Moment To Myself - Sample ?Human Beat Box?
7. A Moment To Myself - Sample ?Wild Style?
8. A Moment To Myself - Sample ?Do Your Thang Baby?
9. Why Didn't You Call Me
10. Do Something
11. Caligula
12. I Try
13. Sex-o-matic Venus Freak
14. I Can't Wait To Meetchu
15. Still
16. I've Committed Murder
17. A Moment To Myself
18. The Letter

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Macy Gray's debut is the kind of album that lends itself to comparisons: Bill Withers (he of "Lovely Day" fame), for the rapturous, laid-back funk vibe; Lauryn Hill, as a fellow nouveau-soul-diva who's not willing to let something as silly as genre-lines let her stop from appropriating a great sound; Liz Phair, from her Exile in Guyville days, for the stark, honest, everyday take on relationship politics; Lenny Kravitz, for pure iconoclastic self-confidence; and, yes, Billie Holiday for the sheer sound of her voice (youngish, raw, slightly otherworldly, but strangely powerful). One album into her career, it's unfair to ask Lady Gray to live up to most of the above--no matter what the diva in question might have to say about it--so accept On How Life Is on its own terms. Eminently danceable and groovy without a single clunker and though some songs ("Why Didn't You Call Me", "I've Committed Murder" and "Do Something", on which Gray sings "..and I'm the latest craze") are more equal than others, the album is well worth its share of hype. --Randy Silver

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE GROWS ON YOU! 6 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Some people don't like the sound of Macy's voice and I thought that included me, so I didn't think I'd enjoy this CD, especially as some of the tracks were alien to my taste - but after listening a couple of times I became addicted to the earthy animal in Macy's voice.....and after a couple more times I was completely hooked! Her sound is so DIFFERENT; her music so SPECIAL! If you like R & B - Motown - that sort of thing - and you're young-at-heart enough (I'm nearly 60!) to be able to move on into 21st Century music, then my guess is that you'll REALLY enjoy this artist and this album once you've given yourself a chance to listen to it, particularly if you enjoy SEXY rhythms. For what it's worth, some of my other favourites are Enigma, Sade, Moby and Massive Attack.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic 26 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The anthemic 'I Try' is of course a highlight, but the other nine songs are equally impressive. From the singalong soul grooves of 'Why Didn't You Call Me' and 'I Can't Wait To Meetchu' to the sexually charged upbeat numbers like 'Caligula' and 'Sex-o-matic Venus Freak', the album is an instant classic. 'The Letter' and 'I've Committed Murder' are gems of lyrical storytelling and 'Do Something'seems to reach out to everyone with its 'Get up Get out' message. 'Still' beautifully conveys heartbreak before reaching THAT euphoric conclusion. Macy shows her versatility in the laid-back swing of 'A Moment To Myself', and her sublime vocal and lyrical talent in the alnum as a whole. A must for all music fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite... 27 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album rates top of my collection. Here is an unbiased track-by-track review: WHY DIDN'T YOU CALL ME? This track opens the album and is one of only two weak tracks. It's meant to be a tribute to Sly Stone but not as exciting. All right to chill to though.3/5 DO SOMETHING Influenced by old skool hiphop, this song is good with some zany lyrics, but slightly over long and monotonous at 5 minutes.3/5 CALIGULA... is the funkiest, sexiest track on the album, and leads to an excellent instrumental solo. Also the lyrics are sexy without being embaressing.4/5 I TRY The smash from this album is a definate stand out, and is destined to become an absolute classic.5+/5 SEXOMATICVENUSFREAK... is the sequel to Caligula, and works just as well, but is completely different; faster, chugging organs and a mad anthemic chorus. 5/5 I CAN'T WAIT TO MEETCHU This track works lyrically and musically well. It talks of Macy's belief in God without being overly preachy. The excellent breakdown at the end really makes the track.5/5 STILL Gorgeous ballad, which really dwarfs any other ballad of 2000, for sheer emotion, emotion and majesty.5+/5 I COMMITTED MURDER Another standout. A jazzy instrumental underpins a lyrical masterpiece, about a murderous fantasy, with a touch of humour. If Eminem is good at wordplay, Macy's ten times better.5+/5 A MOMENT TO MYSELF Along with most of Sade's Lover's Rock, this is my ultimate chill-out tune.5/5 THE LETTER Another track that proves Macy's lyrical prowess, this track intelligently and positively handles the issue of suicide. A perfect closer (with a anthemic chorus) to a perfect album. So there you go, a review of the album. By it now, but be warned, give it time to grow on you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soul classic 4 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with Macy Gray when I first heard 'I Try', but I didn't think I'd like the other tracks on her debut. I recently bought the CD and fell in love with every single song. The majority of the album is groovy and ultra-funky, but the real show stopper is Macy's voice. Raw, confident and at times downright animalistic. The album has a great vibe, even when she is singing about heartbreak. Definite highlights are 'Do Something', 'Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak' and 'I've Commited Murder'. Strange titles but excellent music. A must for any fan of modern soul!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macy Gray - the ultimate chillout session 29 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'On how life is' is the ultimate album to chill out to. The lyrics of 'the letter', 'still', 'i try' and 'a moment to myself' wash away any stress you may be feeling and leave you fresh and ready for anything. This album is mainly brilliant due to the soul-chilling lyrics and the calming sound of Macy Gray. It is definately worth buying and playing at any time as the range of music from the almost saddening 'still' to the strong beats of 'i can't wait to meetchu' suit any mood of any person. My favourite track is definately number 10 'The letter' because of the lyrics. This debut album from Macy Gray is well worth listening to and although some people compare her voice to a creaking door in a haunted house, personally i think the voice just helps to emphasise the calming, laid back vibe created by this album.
I just love it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will be difficullt to beat 11 Jan 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of 'I try' and was well and truly blown away by the rest of it. All the tracks are stong and you don't have to skip any. The best thing is that you can dance to it, listen to it whilst driving and also have it as a conversation piece. The music is infectious and the whole album has a very relaxed vibe to it. You can get lost in so many different parts of each track, the bass lines, the guitars and sometimes when they just leave some 'space' in the music. They get into a really nice groove and hold it just long enough for you to want some more. I don't know how she is going to follow this one up successfully. Oh! I forgot to mention the voice. A must buy!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Letter is one of my all time fav choons
Had this cd years ago. It was in my car stereo when I crashed my car. Car got towed, and cd with it :( unavailable from shops to replace it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Vassell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD.
Bought for my twenty one year old daughter. She loves it. She loves to listen and dance and this fulfils those needs.
Published 12 months ago by cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Classy all the way; a great singer and album (there's an old fashion word). I bought it a few years ago and still enjoy listening to it.
Published 23 months ago by M. Seeckts
5.0 out of 5 stars A FLASH IN THE PAN?
Let nothing be taken away from the fact that Macy Gray's first album blew the competition away and was, perhaps the best work produced by any artiste 5 to 10 years either side of... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by DOPPLEGANGER
5.0 out of 5 stars What Talent!
This album is simply amazing. It has some funky tunes on it aswell as some strong, soulful ballads. I Try is my most favourite song because thats how I got to know her music. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Mrs. Sa Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Macy can do no wrong
Having had the original stolen some time ago I felt it was time to replace it. I was not disappointed. 'I try' is the most perfect song in my opinion. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by J. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot Album
Wow! What a great voice this lady has got! Most defintley one of the hottest artists on the urban R&b scene. Read more
Published on 16 May 2006 by Ian Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album You'll EVER buy
I first bought her CD and I was a little unsure if I was wasting my money or not, and now I can truely say that it was money very very well spent. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2004 by "garethbronkhorst"
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet !
Music for anytime. Sit down and listen to the slightly mad (in a good way) lyrics, or have it on in the background whilst you smile about the generally happy warm feeling you get... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2003 by D. I. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars pin your ears back
macy gray is mad. there is no denying it she is complety flufty ducker! however this first album designed to launch her supersonically into the charts is restrained compared to... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2003 by Shelley Wood
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