13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since her previous album, 2003’s The Trouble With Being Myself, was a commercial letdown, Gray approaches her follow-up with a newfound attention to slicker production detail, courtesy of producer and record label honcho Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige) and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am. The extra-layered backing vocals, the smooth, seamless grooves, the occasional nod to modern R&B and hip-hop (“Ghetto Love”) among the updates to the string-fueled Philly Soul that she prefers all mean Gray has not so much been relocated as refurbished. At center, she’s still the same raspy voiced vocalist who makes old-timers think of Etta James and Ann Peebles and causes newcomers to amaze at her true grit. “Okay,” written by will.i.am and Justin Timberlake (!), neatly merges the generational divide, while “Glad You’re Here,” featuring Fergie, sweetly elicits the romance of late-‘60s-early ‘70s soul. Concerns of divorce, single motherhood and eventual resolution build a narrative arc. However, it’s easiest to simply enjoy the sultry stalk of “Strange Behavior” or the light and airy flow of “Slowly” for the easy-cruising tracks they are.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since her previous album, 2003’s The Trouble With Being Myself, was a commercial letdown, Gray approaches her follow-up with a newfound attention to slicker production detail, courtesy of producer and record label honcho Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige) and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am. The extra-layered backing vocals, the smooth, seamless grooves, the occasional nod to modern R&B and hip-hop (“Ghetto Love”) among the updates to the string-fueled Philly Soul that she prefers all mean Gray has not so much been relocated as refurbished. At center, she’s still the same raspy voiced vocalist who makes old-timers think of Etta James and Ann Peebles and causes newcomers to amaze at her true grit. “Okay,” written by will.i.am and Justin Timberlake (!), neatly merges the generational divide, while “Glad You’re Here,” featuring Fergie, sweetly elicits the romance of late-‘60s-early ‘70s soul. Concerns of divorce, single motherhood and eventual resolution build a narrative arc. However, it’s easiest to simply enjoy the sultry stalk of “Strange Behavior” or the light and airy flow of “Slowly” for the easy-cruising tracks they are.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
160 Ratings
160 Ratings
Twilightviewer ,

Macy certainly does go BIG with this album!

Macy's newest album BIG is certainly something I would suggest people who have previously heard her music. I never really bought her albums and like everyone else in the world I heard her song "I Try" and found her voice to be raspy but in a good way. This album is very soulful and earthy almost every song I heard on this album I liked except for "Strange Behavior" which is more a joke than a song but if you buy the album this song as you know is very funny the first time you hear it. Personal favorites which you may find good to have playing in your living room or car would be "Finally Made Me Happy", "Shoo Be Doo", and "Slowly". for a more upbeat mood I would say "Okay", "Everybody", "Treat Me Like Your Money", and "So What". I find "One for Me" to be a must for those who want to sample Macy's potential.

PFunkCritic ,

Pure Pleasure Principle

Macy has her own unique style and she shows on this album that she does not conform to musical boundaries when it comes to her musical style... One of my favorite cuts is Ghetto Love, just a cool song. With Everybody she takes her creativity to the next level. In many ways she reminds me of Prince in that she challenges music conformity and I think all n' all she hit a home run with this piece of work. It's great music to turn down the lights, chill and listen. Ennjoy the beats and lyrics because with each song she brings her personality out in it and it works!

TiggerHill ,

Love that voice!

"Everybody" got me out of my chair and dancing around the living room. Can't wait till I listen to this cd 100+ times and turn it into an old friend - same as her '99 release cd!

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