The Id (album)

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The Id
Studio album by Macy Gray
Released September 17, 2001 (2001-09-17)
Recorded Aragon Ballroom
(Chicago, Illinois)
Paramount Studios,
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California) Remote Recording Services,
The Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 56:25
Label Epic
Producer Macy Gray, Darryl Swann
Macy Gray chronology
On How Life Is
(1999)
The Id
(2001)
The Trouble with Being Myself
(2003)
Singles from The Id
  1. "Sweet Baby"
    Released: September 3, 2001
  2. "Sexual Revolution"
    Released: November 26, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (71/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[3]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[4]
musicOMH (mixed)[5]
NME (5/10)[6]
PopMatters (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin (8/10)[10]
Yahoo! Music 7/10 stars[11]

The Id is the second studio album by American recording artist Macy Gray. It was released in the United States on September 18, 2001 by Epic Records, a week after the September 11, 2001 attacks, perhaps the main reason for its domestic underperformance; it debuted and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 copies in its first week,[12] but fell to number eighteen the following week, and has sold 593,000 copies in the US to date.[13] Nevertheless, The Id outpeaked its predecessor, On How Life Is, in several European countries, reaching the top position in the United Kingdom and Denmark. It also managed to produce the critically acclaimed single "Sweet Baby", which features fellow neo soul singer Erykah Badu.

The Tom Morello mix of "My Nutmeg Phantasy" was included on the soundtrack to the 2002 film Spider-Man, and "Relating to a Psychopath" was featured in the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Relating to a Psychopath"   Macy Gray, Jeremy Ruzumna, David Wilder, Darryl Swann 4:48
2. "Boo"   Gray, Ruzumna, Wilder, Swann, Victor Indrizzo, Zac Rae 4:25
3. "Sexual Revolution"   Gray, Ruzumna, Wilder, Swann 4:45
4. "Hey Young World Part 2" (featuring Slick Rick) Gray, Ricky Walters, Dante Beze, Lamont Dorrell, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder 4:03
5. "Sweet Baby" (featuring Erykah Badu) Gray, Joe Solo 3:49
6. "Harry"   Gray 3:10
7. "Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You"   Gray, Ruzumna, Swann, Arik Marshall, Rita Marley 4:45
8. "Don't Come Around" (featuring Sunshine Anderson) Gray, Ruzumna 4:37
9. "My Nutmeg Phantasy" (featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def) Gray, Swann, Keith Ciancia, Finn Hammer, Lonnie Marshall, Tom Ralls 4:55
10. "Freak Like Me"   Gray, Swann, Gary Zekley, Eric Hord 3:38
11. "Oblivion"   Gray, Brian Lester 2:49
12. "Forgiveness"   Gray, Swann, Hoyt Axton 5:17
13. "Blowin' Up Your Speakers"   Gray, Swann 1:07
14. "Shed" (hidden track) Gray, Ruzumna, Swann 4:17
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Germany September 17, 2001 Sony Music
United Kingdom
United States September 18, 2001 Epic Records
Japan September 19, 2001

References[edit]

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Preceded by
A Funk Odyssey by Jamiroquai
UK Albums Chart number-one album
September 23, 2001
Succeeded by
No Angel by Dido
Preceded by
Love and Theft by Bob Dylan
Danish Albums Chart number-one album
September 24, 2001
Succeeded by
Girls Night Out by Cowgirls