Talking Book
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Talking Book

29 Oct 2012

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  Song Title
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Maybe Your Baby
You And I (We Can Conquer The World)
Tuesday Heartbreak
You've Got It Bad Girl
Big Brother
Blame It On The Sun
Lookin' For Another Pure Love
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

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  • Label: Caroline International (S&D)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 39:09
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  • ASIN: B009Y4UO4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,283 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good 22 Nov 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I like Macy Gray and I love the album Talking Book so thought this worth a try. It is pretty good, a fair cover of the whole album and I really like most tracks as they work quite well with Macy's voice. However I am not keen at all on the cover of Superstition. For me that one just doesn't work, it sounds a mess. Apart from that I am glad I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tribute to classic album 5 Nov 2012
By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's rather unusual for an artist to cover a single album, but that's exactly what Macy Gray is doing here. Paying tribute to Stevie Wonder's classic album here at it's 40 years jubilee.

In a way a strange choice perhaps as Macy's husky vocals are far cry from Wonder's amazing and jubilant voice. But that forces her to make her completely own interpretations, just the way a cover album should be. Even able to put a new spin on the classic hits of "You Are The Sunshine .." and "Superstitious", the last delivered in a slow groove version with the famous riff only making a brief and late appearance.

This is modern soul/funk at its best with sublime playing and perfect backing voices. And ofc the songs are all - even the lesser known - just brilliant masterpieces. What really lifts the album though is Macy's emotional engagement, the pain and self-examination of "Blame It On The Sun" and the infectious joy of "I believe..".

A surprisingly good and uplifting release.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Respectful tribute to Stevie's classic album 11 Nov 2012
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
When 'Talking book' was released in the early 70s it was a revelation, providing hits but also pushing the boundaries of electronic keyboards and also being funky - in effect it combined pop, soul and progressive music. I can understand Macy Gray wanting to pay tribute to this wonderful album but I find the modern trend of people recreating their own classic albums live a bit weird - let alone an artist revisiting someone else's record in its entirety. I can't say I'm a big fan of Macy's voice, it's OK in small doses but I find it grating over a whole album. However, these songs are so good you'd have to really murder them to produce bad results and this record walks the tricky line between straight recreation and reinterpretation quite well. I thought that the funk tracks such as "Big brother" and "Maybe you baby" worked quite well and similarly the romantic songs like "Blame it on the sun" and "You are the sunshine of my life" were also OK. I was less keen on "Superstition" but at least she tried something different with this over-played classic song. There are no other radical rebuilds here just slight reorganisations so in the end this keeps the spirit and feel of the original but brings it into the present day but I would guess that people who know the original will always prefer that record.
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