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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00005NWEN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Fan Diameter:120 mm, Fan Height:25 mm, Cable Length:45 cm, Rotation Speed:1200 rpm, Noise Level:17.7 dBA, Fan Bearing:Hydrodynamic bearing, Rated Voltage:12 V, Power Connector:3-pin plug, Air Flow:60.4 cfm, Air Pressure:1.73 mm, Compliant Standards:TUV, MTBF:300,000 hour(s)

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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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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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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Macy's back, boy is she back! What an album, this rates highly as one of the best albums this century (cheesy lines aside, this is a fact). The opening track will have you jumping up and down in a style you didn't know you had in you. 'Freak' has you thinking it's a dodgy cover of something Robbie Williams has done, until you listen to it a second or third time, then you realise that it's just as good as anything else on the album. In short I would say that this album should stay in the charts for months, if not years! It has tracks for everyone, the disco boogie in you will enjoy, 'Sexual Revolution' for those who enjoy soul, you'll find it in 'Don't Come Around'. Basically if you're concerned that second albums tend to struggle this will return the invest of buying it, in terms of hours whiled away listening, and enjoying.
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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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By A Customer 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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As much as I didn't want to compare this to On How Life Is, it being one of my favourite albums, I couldn't help it.
On her debut, Macy had a much simpler sound and it suited her voice much more than this album does. From the first track it is evident that this album is really in need of the fantastic production of Andy Slater who worked on the first album. It can especially be heard in the backing vocals which don't mesh with Macy's as well here.
Also, the sound is much more mainstream here. While some tracks do hark back to the sound of yore (such as Boo or Sweet Baby), others just sound clunky, such as Oblivion or Sexual Revolution...And the less said about My Nutmeg Phantasy the better
Something else which doesn't sit well with me is the guest singers. Very rarely on their respective songs is it evident that they are there. For instance, when I heard that Macy Gray's new song featured Erykah Badu I was excited because 2 of my favourite singers would be dueting. Hah! While the resulting song is nice, and Badu's backing vocals give some lovely harmonies, you've got to wonder what the point is in crediting her?
I wanted to like this album. I really did. And I suppose it's OK. But anything more than that is a push. Macy should consider going back to her roots next time
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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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