The Id

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  • Summary: This is the follow-up to the singer's acclaimed 1999 debut. Rick Rubin produces, with guest appearances from Slick Rick, Mos Def, and Erykah Badu.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
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  1. Even though one can hear echoes of everything from "The Threepenny Opera" to Bitches Brew here, the funk is in her DNA.
  2. Musically, the album bounces from a full-on urban polka ("Oblivion") to tracks with plenty of Apollo Showtime-style organs, horns and disco and funk elements that keep the wacky tales from sounding wack.
  3. 80
    A conceptual bacchanal of sweat-drenched lust. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.104]
  4. The music itself doesn't quite have the simple accessibility and easy soul of her debut, but it's loads of fun and bursting with ideas.
  5. With this eclectic, eccentric approach comes a lack of cohesion and quality control.
  6. Amazingly, the disc still feels cohesive in spite of its unpredictability, aided by can't-miss crowd-pleasers like the irrepressible disco-pop blowout "Sexual Revolution."
  7. But while Gray's voice is still beguiling and unique, The Id is basically Brit-award winning, corporate soul with little identity, too cosy and calculated to have any genuine depth.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. toma
    Oct 18, 2006
    10
    i finally came across the id 5 years after it was issued and fell in love with it, as the finest post-60s psychedelic record since i finally came across the id 5 years after it was issued and fell in love with it, as the finest post-60s psychedelic record since beck's midnight vulture (better even). totally love it, can't stop playing it. went to get a couple more of her records -- very nice, yes indeed, but the id's definitely my favourite. this is an enjoyable artist -- and i'd been put off her because paul holmes interviewed her on television making her appear like some little dimwit. but no, as an artist she's brilliant. i can't stop raving about her, and her lyrics are great too. just wonderful. Expand
  2. JoseAntonioA
    Oct 8, 2002
    8
    Clear & deep songs of life looking for a soul.

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