On How Life Is

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On How Life Is
Studio album by Macy Gray
Released July 1, 1999 (1999-07-01)
Recorded 1997–99; A&M Studios, Paramount Studios, Sunset Sound Recorders
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul, pop
Length 44:55
Label Epic
Producer Andrew Slater
Macy Gray chronology
On How Life Is
(1999)
The Id
(2001)
Singles from On How Life Is
  1. "Do Something"
    Released: June 24, 1999
  2. "I Try"
    Released: September 27, 1999
  3. "Still"
    Released: February 21, 2000
  4. "Why Didn't You Call Me"
    Released: July 24, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice 2/5 stars[3]

On How Life Is is the debut studio album of American recording artist Macy Gray, released in the United States on July 27, 1999 by Epic Records. Produced by Andrew Slater, it became Gray's best-selling album to date, selling 3.2 million copies in the United States and 7 million copies worldwide.[4][5]

"A few months ago," Gray remarked in 2001, "I just pulled it out for the hell of it. I kind of got what all the fuss was about."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Didn't You Call Me"   Macy Gray, Jeremy Ruzumna 3:14
2. "Do Something"   Gray, Darryl Swann, Ruzumna, Dion Murdock, Patrick Brown, Raymon Murray, Rico Wade, Cameron Gipp, Robert Barnett, André Benjamin, Antwan Patton, Thomas Burton, Greg Mays, Daryl Barnes, George Clinton, Jr., Garry Shider, Bernard Worrell 4:57
3. "Caligula"   Gray, Swann, Ruzumna 4:38
4. "I Try"   Gray, Ruzumna, Jinsoo Lim, David Wilder 3:59
5. "Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak"   Gray, Ruzumna, Murdock 3:57
6. "I Can't Wait to Meetchu"   Gray, Swann, Ruzumna, Miles Tackett 5:18
7. "Still"   Gray, Ruzumna, Bill Esses, Jeff Blue 4:15
8. "I've Committed Murder"   Gray, Swann, Ruzumna, Kiilu Beckwith, Eddie Harris, Francis Lai, Carl Sigman 4:59
9. "A Moment to Myself"   Gray, Ruzumna, Tackett, Mark Morales, Damon Wimbley 4:00
10. "The Letter"   Gray, Jamie Houston, Matt Sherrod 5:38
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Reception[edit]

"A confident, bluesy soul debut…" said a four-star review in Q, "with a lived-in sound – as if Rod Stewart were a girl."[7]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Japan July 1, 1999 Epic Records
United Kingdom July 5, 1999 Sony Music
Switzerland July 7, 1999
United States July 27, 1999 Epic Records
Canada Sony Music
Australia August 16, 1999

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Q, October 2001
  7. ^ Q No.155, August 1999
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Preceded by
All the Way... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion
Australian Albums Chart number-one album
January 3, 2000 – February 21, 2000
Succeeded by
Play by Moby
Preceded by
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Play by Moby
New Zealand Albums Chart number-one album
January 23, 2000 – February 13, 2000
April 23, 2000
Succeeded by
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Platinum Album by Vengaboys
Preceded by
Aquarius by Aqua
Danish Albums Chart number-one album
April 10, 2000
Succeeded by
Everything Glows by D-A-D