Big - Macy Gray
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  • Summary: The soul singer's first album in four years includes production work from and Justin Timberlake and appearances by Fergie, Nas and Natalie Cole.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The lyrics -- which seesaw manically between exhortations to a no-goodnik to get out and purrings about being glad to have a lover by her side -- won't get nominated for any poetry awards, but Gray makes her case on the strength of her nutty soul charms.
  2. The record is righteously dominated by Gray's larger-than-life presence. [May 2007, p.127]
  3. Unfortunately (and not surprisingly), Gray's already weathered voice is more worn than ever; she struggles to reach and sustain notes that should be comfortably within her range.
  4. 60 does push [Big] beyond her Sly Stone safety zone. [Apr 2007, p.111]
  5. While Big shows flashes of the irrepressible spirit that made Macy’s first two albums fun to listen to, there are many more instances of uninspired, boring music designed to capture a middle-of-the-road audience.
  6. 40
    [She takes a] new, inappropriately measured approach. [May 2007, p.115]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. babu
    Mar 28, 2007
    Wonderful just wonderful
  2. soonwookh
    Apr 4, 2007
    It's In Wonderful Voice.
  3. TannyaP.
    May 21, 2007
    I love it! Especially "What I gotta do" it has a lot of heart and it's a great song! Macy Gray is Back!
  4. NikkyK
    Apr 3, 2007
    Big, loud and and a more mature production
  5. DarrellP
    May 9, 2007
    All i know is, it giives me this real feel good vibe when i'm driving home from work, and the hour drive hasn't been so badlsince it's been in the player, thats all I know. Expand
  6. Shepski
    Mar 30, 2007
    Not my favourite, but absolutely enjoyable. Rock on, Macy.
  7. ToddW
    May 3, 2007
    I'm ashamed to say I heard this no-talent for the first time at a pro football game, of which I'm eternally damned, I know. After all, surrounded by pathetic middle-aged adolescents is no way to be introduced to something new. But here came Macy and her grrrrls to butcher our national anthem. Amidst a cascade of boos, she forgot the words, but was giggling the entire time like it was a big joke, which I guess in the context of the time and place, it was. But then again, so is anybody who takes her seriously as an artist. I promise to never go to another professional sporting event if you promise to occasionally just walk away from the "G" section of the R&B area in your local record store. Expand

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