The Sellout

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  • Summary: After a three-year hiatus, Macy Gray delivers soulful vocals, storytelling lyrics, and sparkling melodies on her latest album.
  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): R&B, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Adult Contemporary R&B
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  1. Much has been made--often unfairly--of Gray's awkwardness and lack of convention. But after several stabs at clumsy conformity, it finally feels like it's something she's embracing, and that's massively evident here.
  2. If not a match for the brilliant yet underperforming 'Big', The Sellout certainly maintains high and admirably consistent standards.
  3. On The Sellout, her first album in three years, the production sands off the edges that have been key to Gray's appeal.
  4. Despite the title, her new album is a softer sell--and more appealing--than 2007's Big.
  5. The real problem with The Sellout is that it, in fact, wants to be a sellout but isn' a very good one. These blatant attempts to cash on famous names are weakest tracks here.
  6. Easy as it is to root for the freaky underdog in any endeavor, Gray doesn't sound especially engaged here.
  7. Uncut
    Cutting edge, it's not, as if that was ever the point, but the title of the collection seems less like a wry confession, more like wishful thinking. [Jun 2010, p.88]

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