Thursday, April 22, 2010

CD of the Day: ‘On How Life Is,’ Macy Gray (1999)

History may remember Macy Gray as little more than a one-hit wonder thanks to “I Try,” but that would be a shame because that song may not even be the best one on her debut album.

Gray shows every side of her personality on this fantastic disc: sultry, strong, street-wise, sensitive … she has it all. The music here demonstrates just as much range, as she fuses funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and more—all of it, of course, set off by her iconic frog-in-throat voice.

This is one of those gateway CDs, opening my ears to new types of music outside my traditional favorite genres at the time I picked it up. I can’t say “On How Life Is” led me directly to artists such as Otis Redding, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye, but this album certainly didn’t hurt.

Grade: B+

Favorite Track: “Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak”

Least Favorite Track: “I’ve Committed Murder”

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