The Way (CD)


Macy Gray

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Amoeba Review

10/06/2014

The Way, according to Macy Gray, is organic. “Everybody plugs in, and you work it like that. Old-school." This is an excellent model for an R&B album these days. Take your time, feel it out, and be true to what statement you really want to be making. Whether it be electro hipster R&B, Daptone soul, or straight ahead pop, R&B records tend to have a distinct nod to their influences. Macy Gray is no exception. That is why when Gray found herself yearning to make a track as good as the classic Bill Withers ballad "Ain't No Sunshine," she just up and called the producer of that cut, the legendary Booker T. Jones and recorded "First Time (Revised)." The honesty of the track is a good indicator that after two cover records Macy is finally ready to release some original exciting work. The opening track, “Stoned,” crackles along with strings, simple percussion and the always identifiable Macy Gray vocals. Tracks like the seriously funky "Bang Bang" and sensual "I Miss The Sex" venture through bluesy, funky, disco rhythms, whereas the single "Hands" feels like a sunshine pop classic. If her last two records were demonstrating her love for other artists' output, The Way certainly proves the fire and passion for her own music remains.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Stoned
Macy Gray 04:10
2.
Bang Bang
Macy Gray 03:43
3.
Hands
Macy Gray 03:49
4.
I Miss the Sex
Macy Gray 03:54
5.
First Time
Macy Gray 03:21
6.
The Way
Macy Gray 04:02
7.
Queen of the Big Hurt
Macy Gray 05:23
8.
Me With You
Macy Gray 04:52
9.
Need You Now
Macy Gray 04:39
10.
Life
Macy Gray 03:05

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