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2010 release, the fifth album from the genre-splitting Soulstress. The Sellout, featuring 12 new songs, was co-written and executive produced by Gray in Los Angeles throughout 2009. The album was mixed by four-time Grammy Award winning mixer Manny Marroquin. Collaborators on the album include Bobby Brown, The Bodyrockers' Kaz James and Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver.
Top Customer Reviews
Listen out for the opening number "Beauty In the World" which has a folk-tinged, gospel sound, "That Man" (Ting Tings inspired) and "The Comeback", whose furious and emotional tone brings the album to a soaring close. JD
While not every song makes its case ("On and On" is a suitable title for a dreary non-song) those that do are fantastic.
Macy certainly sounds more like a modern soul diva than she has in recent years.
It boasts a perfect, accessible sound for the distinctive vocals of a distinctive artist.
This album is what she calls "a love letter to my fans".
"Lately", a subtle nod to The Four Tops, "Shake Me, Wake Me" (When It's Over), firmly plants Miss Macy back into the pop world, swaying as gently a palm tree. Lighting up a fire, Macy changes gears with "Kissed It" featuring Velvet Revolver.
The lyrics of "Beauty in The World" affirm Gray's positive outlook on life and speaks well of her uplifted frame of mind. "Help Me" reaffirms her need to be herself, "at least I ain't someone else. "You Win" speaks to those times lovers need to let go having control and give in. "Real Love" is a sensuous, smoking tour de force featuring Bobby Brown that is pure double dip choclolate delight.
"The Comeback" explores Macy's fears about not knowing where she is going, and not being pretty enough. Believe me, she knows full where she is heading and Miss Macy is more than beautiful in visage, spirit and mind. Welcome back. We missed you BIG!
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I for one am glad that Macy Gray has gotten to make the album she wanted to make. She has good instincts to go along with great song writing ability and well, that voice. Plus she went and dug up Bobby Brown for what may turn out to be my favorite song on the album.
Go Macy Go!
'The Sellout' is an album that will please longtime Macy Gray fans and probably not click with the casual music fan. As stated before, this isn't an attempt to keep up with the big acts in music today. The album is something of a concept: it's not so much about her celebrity status or fame but instead it's about love and relationships. This is one album where listening to the tracks in their intended order is crucial in understanding the story being told. The album starts off with the title track "The Sellout", which is probably one of the best tracks on the album. It's all about "selling out" and giving in to someone you love in order to keep them in your life. The tracks that follow all deal with some aspect of love and relationships: "Lately" is something of a tease, with Gray singing of how people have been admiring and complementing her looks; "Kissed It" is about how she was ready to walk away from her relationship after being mistreated until her man made up after he "kissed it" and 'lit a fire in her'; "Stalker" has her confessing some of her eccentric tendencies that may make her undesirable but how those same qualities make her a great lover for her boyfriend. The album ends with "The Comeback" with a sense of completion with her returning to what she lost in "The Sellout". If you don't listen to the lyrics, you'll miss the story arc going through the tracks and you'll no doubt feel the album is weak and lacking.
Let's face it: is the album perfect? No, there are some weak, skippable tracks. Also, Gray's voice really isn't at its best on all of the tracks but then again, it's her rather raspy, amateurish voice that gives her an unique appeal and edge. 'The Sellout' is definitely a concept album and requires you to actually sit back and listen to the lyrics in order to get what she's talking and singing about. Without listening, the album is boring and isn't as good. That being said, I felt the album was average: there was something about 'Big' that made it stand out as one of her best to date and that edge and appeal she suddenly seemed to acquire with that album feels absent on 'The Sellout'.
Listen to These: "The Comeback", "The Sellout", "Still Hurts", "Real Love", "On and On"
Filled with beautiful retro soulful ballads, the titletrack, "Still hurts" (featuring Romika), and the questioning "The comeback" recall songs like "I try" or "Still". "Lately" is sunny Disco that will get you grooving, while "Kissed it" is stomping Glam Rock featuring Slash's Velvet Revolver.
Lead-off single "Beauty in the world" is an optimistic acoustic tambourine-peppered song, "Help me" is an atmospheric groove similar to Gnarls Barkley, "Let you win" is Folky Soul, while that man is quivery Retro Soul/Blues.
"Stalker" is funk Prince style, "Real love" is a beautiful lush duet with Bobby Brown, and "On & on" a sweeping midtempo groove with ticking effects. Sadly, there isn't any comic murder song like "I've committed murder" or "My favourite childhood memories" this time around. A solid effort that she can be proud of.
I've waited very vigilantly for The Sellout, and it was worth the wait. Actually, I find Beauty in the World to be a bit wholesome, and it's certainly much lighter than the other tracks on the album. So I hope that people who aren't grabbed by the first US single don't miss the rest of The Sellout for the wrong reasons. Sonically, I think the album is well-made, and it's impressive to consider that Macy produced the lot independently. The savvy listener might detect the difference in major label production values on Big versus Macy's having set up shop in a rented studio to record The Sellout. But the independence of The Sellout is a huge triumph in itself, and the meaningfulness of it resonates in the music.
Lyrically, this album is masterful. I really appreciate Macy's honesty. I think her assessment of the music industry's "fair-weather friends" is socially relevant, and it's a breath of fresh air at the same time. It gives us analytical and thoughtful substance, yet it relates to Macy on a personal level. She also talks about depression, addiction, and even suicide on the iTunes pre-order track Lost. These are not topics we discuss every day, so The Sellout covers considerable ground.
It would be hard to pick a favorite on The Sellout because all of its songs are both outstanding and diverse. Initially, I was surprised to see that Still Hurts was included on The Sellout. I downloaded Still Hurts nearly a year ago off of iTunes, and the song originally featured a different collaborating artist. But Still Hurts has since been cleverly refined, and I like it much better now. Romika is a terrific new singer, and her voice is perfect for that song. There are other, subtler brush strokes in the new version, such as the way Macy sings, "I can't believe I'm not your girl" or the way she cries "you AIN'T coming back" just before the song's closing. Macy's attention to detail is triumphant.
One critic scorned that The Sellout would not change the arc of Macy's career. I would argue that The Sellout is well-poised to follow a stable sales trajectory, and I also predict that its songs will continue to find their way into other forms of mainstream media, such as movies and television. Although the industry critics are writing frustratingly mixed reviews, they all seem to agree that Macy Gray has an irresistible voice, and she is a very talented songwriter. I think in a lot of ways, Macy Gray is just getting started.