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No Trouble Here
on 14 October 2003
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".
Other stand out tracks on the album include the Al Green-inspired "Speechless" the funky love song "She Don't Write Songs About You" and the politically enfused "It Ain't The Money". Collaborations on this album include Pharoahe Monch, Beck, and even her three children. If you like Macy Gray you'll love this album, if you hate Macy Gray you'll love this album. "The Trouble With Being Myself" will surely help to secure Ms. Gray's position as a Diva in the making.