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Biography

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 (21 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0039TD79U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Sellout 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lately 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kissed It [feat. Velvet Revolver] 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Still Hurts [feat. Romika] 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beauty In The World 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Help Me 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Let You Win 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. That Man 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stalker 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Real Love 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. On & On 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Comeback 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The Sellout is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Macy Gray's first album in more than three years, featuring 12 new songs that were co-written and executive produced by Gray in Los Angeles throughout 2009. The album was mixed by four- time Grammy Award winning mixer Manny Marroquin (Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Rihanna, Alicia Keyes, Kanye West and John Mayer), while collaborators on the album include Bobby Brown, The Bodyrockers' Kaz James and rock legends' Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum (formerly of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver).

BBC Review

Although the success of breakthrough single I Try has never been that heavy of an albatross around Macy Gray's neck to brand her with the dreaded one-hit wonder stamp, it's nonetheless something she's yet to match. The promise has always been there, just never fully realised to the same extent. Fifth studio album The Sellout, however, carries with it an optimistic twinkle that suggests such a return to form could be dangerously close.

Her last outing, 2007's Big, saw Midas-du-jour will.i.am at the helm, but its blockbuster production credits and collaborators failed to translate into much else. So it's perhaps unsurprising that The Sellout, executive-produced by Gray herself, takes a simpler, more modest approach–one that it benefits from hugely.

Where top-money pairings graced Big to little effect, the line-up of guests here is an odd one, including Velvet Revolver on the petrol pop of Kissed It, and even Bobby Brown on the endearingly cheesy Real Love, with its knowingly-goofy couplets ("Baby I would kiss you / Even if you had the flu") only adding to its charm. But vitally, Gray is very much the star of the show.

It's gloriously unpretentious stuff, steadfastly refusing to even acknowledge the existence of any kind of bandwagons or buzz-mongers. And yet, she's by no means playing it safe either – while it's very much an easy listen, it's far from pedestrian. It's got soul, certainly, but it's frisky, joyful and carefree. In fact, the conscious uncoolness of The Sellout is one of its key quirks.

Much has been made–often unfairly–of Gray's awkwardness and lack of convention. But after several stabs at clumsy conformity, it finally feels like it's something she's embracing, and that's massively evident here. The Sellout boasts a perfect, accessible sound bed for the distinctive vocals of a distinctive artist, and had it immediately followed her 1999 debut On How Life Is, it's likely Macy Gray's career trajectory would have travelled a strikingly different angle.

--Al Fox

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Ward on 16 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
On the first listen, I found this album disappointing when compared to her previous release, Big but I persevered with it because I had loved 'Big' so much. And I'm so pleased that I did!

The tracks generally have a more optimistic feel to them, rather than Big's tendency towards the theatrical and melodrama. The songs are engaging without being overworked and showcase Macy's voice really well. My favourites are 'Kissed It', which is plunky, fun and flirty; and 'Real Love', which so smooth and sensual you can picture yourself happily slow dancing on a hot, sticky summer's night (well, I can anyway!). Other standout tracks are the two openers, current single 'Lately' and title-track 'the Sellout'. 'Lately' is a gorgeous, retro nod to old-style finger-snapping music and really helps set the scene for the following tracks. Personally, I would have made this the opener rather than 'The Sellout', which (besides having a great opening, which wouldn't have worked anywhere else on the CD) is a much slower track. That said, the overall composition of the album is flawless, with the end of the previous track complementing the into of the next; something that isn't achieved on many CDs.

This album is definitely a grower, and provides a fantastic stepping stone in Macy's long career. Highly recommended, even if you're new to her music, as she's such a talented singer she couldn't fail to impress. I'm already anxiously awaiting the next album!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Macy Gray's voice is an acquired taste which, until now, I will admit, I had
been, despite my best efforts, unable to acquire. I wanted to like her but there
was something in her tenuous ability to hold a tune which kept me on the
other side of the road looking on. (It could easily be argued that Mr Dylan has
spent the greater part of five decades trying to pin down a melodic line too
but it does not seem to have harmed his career!) 'The Sellout', then, comes
as a bit of a slap round the back of the legs for me. It is a revelation!!

I like it. I like it a lot. I really love it truth-be-told!

These dozen new tracks are filled with something quite extraordinary.
Ms Gray has mined a rich seam of new-found confidence and greater focus
in both her writing and her vocal performances. She has fire in her belly
and you can feel it. She's having fun too and because of that so do we.

Things kick off with a cracking number, title track 'The Sellout', a perfectly pretty
anthem full of warmth and solid soulful feeling. Ms Gray's voice has never
sounded better than this. A beautiful song by any standard known to man.

'Lately' is a delicious slice of incandescent pop which would have sounded
just at home in the eighties as now. A strong tune, a danceable beat and
a gritty vocal which lifts the whole arrangement up into the clouds.

Ms Gray is clearly in touch with her inner rock-chick on 'Kissed It'
(featuring messrs Slash, McKagan and Sorum of Velvet Revolver).
It clatters along with utter disregard for current taste and convention.
Mr Slash delivers a very tasty guitar solo. The whole thing's a hoot!

'Still Hurts' is a classy ballad full of sadness and regret.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Mark Desjardins on 27 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
You don't know what you're missing till it's gone, case in point is Macy Gray being under the radar of late, but her new recording, The Sellout heralds the welcome return of a truly unique recording artist. Shedding her demons and forces that held her back, Gray did some serious wood shedding and has bounched back with a no holds barred personal statement that her fans have been waiting for.

"Lately", a subtle nod to The Four Tops, "Shake Me, Wake Me" (When It's Over), firmly plants Miss Macy back into the pop world, swaying as gently a palm tree. Lighting up a fire, Macy changes gears with "Kissed It" featuring Velvet Revolver.

The lyrics of "Beauty in The World" affirm Gray's positive outlook on life and speaks well of her uplifted frame of mind. "Help Me" reaffirms her need to be herself, "at least I ain't someone else. "You Win" speaks to those times lovers need to let go having control and give in. "Real Love" is a sensuous, smoking tour de force featuring Bobby Brown that is pure double dip choclolate delight.

"The Comeback" explores Macy's fears about not knowing where she is going, and not being pretty enough. Believe me, she knows full where she is heading and Miss Macy is more than beautiful in visage, spirit and mind. Welcome back. We missed you BIG!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam VINE VOICE on 3 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
What a terrible shame that this album failed to chart in the UK. In my opinion Macy Gray has finally found a whole album which fits well together and suits her raspy vocals. I am a devoted fan, but found myself disappointed at the album quality after 'On How Life Is'. 'The ID' was her only album to reach no.1 in the UK, however for me while there are some excellent songs on the album, in general it just isn't great. I did love 'Big', however I'd be the first to admit that the last few songs on the album were fairly weak and you could see Will.I.Am stamped all over it. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but when you are as distinctive as Macy it just seems a little unnecessary.

The Sellout on the other hand sees Macy re-take control over writing and production and it really does shine through. There are some absolutely superb songs on here and overall I would genuinely say that this is by far Macy's best album to date.

1.The Sellout-A sultry ballad to begin the album; catchy and the vocals shine through. 9/10
2.Lately-A funky, uptempo song and a great choice for the first single. 10/10
3.Kissed It-With a little help from Velvet Revolver this track is a real stormer of a rock song. A chanty chorus and shouty vocals make this a great little song! 9/10
4.Still Hurts-An emotional and powerful ballad and in my opinion Macy's best individual song since 'I Try'. This HAS to be a single and the contribution from Romika is outstanding. 10/10
5.Beauty In The World-Much has been made by the critics of the corny lyrics in this song and they are without doubt correct, however the song is simple and melodic and I think it's pretty darn good! 9/10
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