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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 (12 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00005NWEN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Relating To A Psychopath
2. Boo
3. Sexual Revolution
4. Hey Young World II feat Slick Rick
5. Sweet Baby feat Erykah Badu
6. Harry
7. Give Me All Your Lovin Or I Will Kill You
8. Don't Come Around feat Sunshine Anderson
9. My Nutmeg Phantasy feat Angie Stone & Mos Def
10. Freak Like Me
11. Oblivion
12. Forgiveness
13. Blowin Up Your Speakers

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The ID is a multi-coloured, chocolate coated, wide flared, jumping pumping epic. Once a surprise hit, Macy Gray is now near the top of the soul tree (where she remains a strange fruit among a bunch of soundalikes). Her debut album On How Life Is came from seemingly nowhere to be loved by millions. This follow-up has to contend with much greater expectations. But she doesn't disappoint. The opening track "Related to a Psychopath" is perhaps the album's best, a mixture of 60s and 70s funk that'll have you grinding in the streets. If that doesn't, then "Sexual Revolution" will ("So many things to do before I die"), a saucy butt-shaking hymn to acting out your fetishes. Slick Rick's sing-song vocal on "Hey Young World II" is a perfect compliment to Macy's trademark mixture of gasp and squeak, but other guests, such as Erykah Badu and Mos Def, seem overwhelmed by Macy's larger-than-life presence. Lyrically she's strong, at times hilarious ("You're role model's in therapy") and much improved from the (relative) simplicity of debut tracks such as "I Try" and "Why Didn't You Call Me". Tracks such as "Boo" and "Freak Like Me" couple clever wordplay (she trained as a screenwriter) with the same anthemic quality. On occasions she loses the plot, particularly on "Oblivion" which sounds like it's written and performed by Oompa-Loompas, but this is, on the whole, an excellent follow-up to a brilliant debut.--Jake Barnes

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L Ringsell on 15 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
This isnt it. It's much funkier, the heady mix of seventies jazz disco style and Macy's increasingly manic voice makes for a damn good CD however. The opening track "Related to a Psychopath" (One wonders if a member of Macy's family penned the lyrics) is excellent, earthy beats, and a simple catchiness, that will make it popular, I've no doubt. The second track, "Boo", is softer,simpler, more like Macy at her best. "Sexual Revolution" cons you, with its violin opening, and the typical Macy straining balladesque tones for the first 79 seconds, then it bursts into a studio 54 style, disco fever number, complete with bells and whistles. There are many tracks on this album, featuring other artists, and for me, the crowning glory of the whole cd is "Sweet Baby" featuring Eryka Badu..beautiful, this is the "I Try" of this album.
"Oblivion" is bizarre, who knows what the hell this is doing on the cd - it's like some bizarre West End Musical production... On the whole, pretty good. Enjoy....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
So very different from her first album, "The ID" is far more polished with a star line up from Erykah Badu to Mos Def & Slick Rick. "The ID" is also far more quirky than the first album it has solid Macy tracks like "Relating to Psychopath" thru to the wierdness of "Oblivon" and "Forgiveness", and it the wierd tracks that will probably getting you talkin' about it and constantly leaving this album on repeat. After all 200th time around "I Try" gets a bit dull but "Caligula" and "I Comitted Murder" has made me play her debut album again and again. The album shows that Macy hasn't stayed still but has rather grown, a pleasant surprise as follow up albums often are disapointingly similar or just plain worse. The instrumentation has also gone thru sweeping changes and there now seems a greater depth to the music. So far this album has grabbed my attention (considering I buy upwards of 5 albums a week this is no mean feat!) and I have already have a favorite track "Relating To A Psychopath" but I love the name of track 7 "Gimme all your lovin' or I will Kill You". My advice don't think about it..... Buy it.... You won't be disapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "mazadaz" on 10 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are a macy fan you'll love this, and if your not you'll probably love it too.Because it has such a variety of styles within it although a few of the tracks may not appeal to you (she has worked with other artists in some tracks, I find these tracks less good)but some macy gray classics make it worth your while.
It starts off with a cracker, 'relating to a psychopath', also the subtly funny 'gimme all your lovin or I will kill you' in Macy's true style.Then three wonderful tracks. You will be so impressed by her powerful and husky voice that fits well to any of her inspiring lyrics.
I reccomend you buy this album, as soon as you can !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sinclair on 17 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
A few years ago I bought this album on tape and only listened to the first few songs. Recently I had listened to an Erykah Badu album and was in the mood for something similar.

Macy's first album was amazing and I foolishly assumed this wouldn't be as good. I listened to this album and got quite a shock as I expected to find only 2 or 3 songs that I'd enjoy, though all of them were enjoyable, no disappointing track, really. I've listened to it a few times since then and its got better each time.

The song "sweet baby" with Erykah badu really made me get this album and would be the best on it probably. I love the way Macy can sing like a mad woman, even if the lyrics may seem shocking, she'll still sing them passionatley. Songs like "Give me all your loving or I will kill you" and "Harry" sound quite harsh, but I love them, they're so catchy. On the tape it may be different than the CD, but on my tape it ends off with a real catchy track "shed". Just as good as the last album, perhaps even a little better. A real treat, anytime!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Peters on 20 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
Macy Gray...the talent from the left field. The woman that show cases entertainment. From the promotional dress to the cocksure lyrics on this project (the id - as Macy says is 'the unedited you'), she has done a good deal in a short time. Though her vocal range won't shatter glasses, it will shatter silences. The funniest thing is her lyrics, reflect what one can feel from time to time and aren't able to have in a song! Lines like 'give me all your loving or I will kill you, put one through your head..and cry when you're dead' shines our duality of love/hate. Her 'sexual revolution' is the bang of the disc, and don't get too serious about her 'oblivion', it's clear that we are indeed 'relating to a psychopath'.. but this psycho is a happy go lucky lady. And as for keeping it real, you get the draw that you're in the session as she yells 'Hold Up!' at the end of a track, or 'That's enough!'
Macy my dear...I focused on your dress (as at the MTV 2001 VMAs in New York) and I bought it, and I am loving it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Peregrine on 4 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
The general consensus on Macy Gray is that she made a brilliant first album 'On How Life Is', then two so-so offerings (of which this is the first), before coming back strongly with her latest LP 'Big'. So, if you're looking for somewhere to start try either 'On How Life Is' or 'Big'. (Personally, I would recommend the latter). However, if you've got both of those and still want more then this isn't a bad album by any means. The melodies are good, the lyrics are clever and the musicianship of her players is probably even BETTER than the first LP. The only problem for me is that she doesn't sound as if she MEANS it quite as much. At times she seems bored and at other times even cynical; there's not enough of her trade-mark emotional directness and honesty. And, as if someone's realised this, her vocals have been turned way down in the mix. Like I said though, overall a good album, but not the place to start.
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