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.
Standout tracks: When I See You, Come Together, She Don't Write Songs, My Fondest Childhood Memories, and Screamin'