Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. Blender
    80
    A conceptual bacchanal of sweat-drenched lust. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.104]
  4. Spin
    80
    The Id, like On How Life Is before it, never seems too polished because Gray adamantly pursues her complicated pleasures, belying her image as a stoned soul picnic... [Oct 2001, p.123]
  5. Gray's pipes aren't for everyone, but if you can't stomach them, I feel for you. You're missing some of the best soul on the planet.
  6. A platter of hot-buttered R&B popcorn, liberally sprinkled with salty social critique, "The Id" finds Gray getting disco-freaky while instigating her "Sexual Revolution," and playfully rapping about her kids with Slick Rick on the funky burner "Hey Young World II."
  7. The tracks are brassy and effusive, swelling with horns, organs, and tasteful orchestration. At their best, they deflect attention from Gray's often irksome voice, which veers toward novelty more than a soul singer's should.
  8. With this eclectic, eccentric approach comes a lack of cohesion and quality control.
  9. 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."
  10. 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.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  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. Full Review »
  2. JoseAntonioA
    Oct 8, 2002
    8
    Clear & deep songs of life looking for a soul.