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The Trouble With Being Myself [VINYL] [Import]

Macy Gray Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Smi Epc
  • ASIN: B0000942UO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When I See You
2. It Ain't the Money - Macy Gray, Pharoahe Monch
3. She Ain't Right for You
4. Things That Made Me Change
5. Come Together
6. She Don't Write Songs About You
7. Jesus for a Day
8. My Fondest Childhood Memories
9. Happiness
10. Speechless
11. Screamin'
12. Every Now and Then

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Trouble Here 14 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad Macy all over again. Ms. Gray is back with her third album "The Trouble With Being Myself" her best work to date. Macy burst on to the music scene all those years ago with her critically aclaimed debut album "On How Life Is", which sold millions of copies by word of mouth and went quadruple platinum. A year or so later she released her secound album "The Id" which was nowhere near as successful as its predecessor, but which in my opinion was just as good.
Now she's back and better than ever. Her sound has matured and even her vocal styling has improved. Macy Gray's trademark voice, which has been described as "Marge Simpson on helium" has a certain vulnerability in it which can, at times, make all the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. So what can you expect from this album? Sex, drugs, murder, happiness, love, some more sex and a whole lot more.
The first single off the album "When I See You" is a funk-filled dancefloor filler that will have you tapping your feet within seconds. The first ballad on the album, "She Ain't Right For You," is in the same vein as "I Try" and is catchy and will have you singing along without you even realising it. Track eight, "My Fondest Childhood Memories," is truly a work of genius, both musically and lyrically. This song tells the story of how when Macy was younger she found her babysitter "sexing with my father" and the plumber "plunging my mother". She then proceeds to kill the plumber and the babysitter in order to secure her parents marital happiness. Only on a Macy Gray album could you find a song like this. On "Screaming" Macy confesses to "crying cause I miss my father" and goes on to say "all of my troubles they go away when you're on top of me loving me down".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be higher up the charts 18 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
When this came out in Hong Kong I rushed to buy it and was then mistified as to why it wasn't higher up the charts in the UK where Ms Gray has always been popular. The album is totally worth the price from the blast of funk and sunshine of "when I see you", the electic "it aint the money" with Beck lending support, to the smile inducing "Jesus for a Day" which has to be regarded as a Macy Gray signature tune. This won't disappoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back 4 May 2003
By J. Ball
Format:Audio CD
A good return for Macy Gray. Her previous album the ID was fairly weak and bland, this one is the opposite. ALthough i am usually a rock lover, Macy's unusal talent for creating great songs, almost anyone can enjoy really attracts me to this album. The best tracks in my opinion are When I See You, it ain't the money and she don't write songs about you. Macy's third album is a natural progression for her, it works, it's great. A much stronger album than the other two, well done, i recommend buying this if you liked her other two albums, or if you are accessing Macy Gray for the first time. Very pleasent, and occasionally hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macy back in form 28 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
After her so-so sophomore release, The Id, Macy is back in ever better form on her latest album, The Trouble With Being Myself.
The album starts with a bang with the frenetic first single, "When I See You".
Beck adds his lovely voice to the fun & quirky "It Ain't The Money".
Next is a quite beautiful ballad, "She Ain't Right for You" which is very similar to her previous hit, "Still", but still maintains enough differences to rise it above the comparisons.
Macy gets a little funky on "Things That Made Me Change" as she sings that "these are things that made me change. I hope it's for the good, cuz I'll never be the same".
The funk gets even brassier on the single-worthy, "Come Together".
Next, is one of the highlights of the album, "She Don't Write Songs". With playful lyrics and a kickin' beat, this song harkens back to the fun and funny Macy we all fell in love with on her first album.
"Jesus For a Day" slows things down a bit, but is still an otherwise nice ballad.
"My Fondest Childhood Memories" has great, tasteless, quirky lyrics and music that are reminiscent of her older material, such as "I've Committed Murder" and the creepy, "Oblivion".
Next, "Happiness" features some touching lyrics and vocal backing from her own kids. It's a really nice moment on the album.
"Speechless" explores more of the R&B and soul angle of the album, while Macy's unique voice really shines during the bridge of the song.
"Screamin'" is another awesome song. Not only do her lyrics truly shine, but the music is catchy in a sing-a-long sort of way. Another real highlight of the album.
"Every Now and Then" brings Macy's latest epic to a close in great form. Be sure to listen to the end of the track, as there's a surprise musical solo at the end.
Summation:
Standout tracks: When I See You, Come Together, She Don't Write Songs, My Fondest Childhood Memories, and Screamin'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better... 30 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Macy Gray is one of the greatest artists to come out in a very long time. Innovative and exciting, it comes as no surprise that her third album is as amazing and in places surpasses the sheer excellence of the last two.
Highlights include the highly infectious and life affirming "When I see you", "Jesus for a Day", "She don't write songs for you"....
Lyrically Macy is a genius. It is almost as if she sees into the human hearts most intimate thoughts and sings the things we dare not speak...
The Trouble with being Macy...no trouble at all.
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