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Macy Gray can sing anything and make it sound like a Macy Gray song. If you weren't already familiar with the original versions of the tracks presented here, there'd be no reason to suspect they weren't new Macy Gray songs. Yet they come from a variety of artists and musical styles. The Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again" is arguably the album's most well-known tune. But where Annie Lennox sang it with a deliberately restrained approach, Gray turns it out with her emotions front and center. Humorous interludes from J.B. Smoove (who thinks her mic stand should be a sword), Nicole Scherzinger, and M.C. Lyte lighten the mood, as does an excellent interpretation of The Toyes' "Smoke 2 Joints." Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" centers on a thrilling Hammond organ riff, a serpentine guitar solo, and Gray's dramatic reading. The Wire and Luther star Idris Elba joins Gray for the super-catchy Colbie Caillat tune "Bubbly." It's the sound of an artist having fun.

Biography

Born: 06 September 1967 in Canton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Macy Gray parlayed an utterly unique voice and an outlandish sense of style into R&B stardom at the turn of the millennium, appealing to audiences of all colors in search of a fresh alternative to mainstream soul. Gray was actually born Natalie McIntyre in Canton, Ohio, and grew up a shy, awkward youngster who was frequently teased about her odd-sounding voice. She studied classical piano for seven years, but also soaked up the music of soul legends like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha...
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