The Trouble with Being Myself

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The Trouble with Being Myself
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Studio album by Macy Gray
Released April 28, 2003 (2003-04-28)
Recorded
Genre
Length 49:00
Label Epic
Producer
Macy Gray chronology
The Id
(2001)
The Trouble with Being Myself
(2003)
The Very Best of Macy Gray
(2004)
Singles from The Trouble with Being Myself
  1. "When I See You"
    Released: April 24, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club mixed[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters positive[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[8]
Uncut 3/5 stars[9]
USA Today 3/4 stars[10]
The Village Voice B+[11]

The Trouble with Being Myself is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Macy Gray, released on April 28, 2003 by Epic Records. The album peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200, and by February 2007, it had sold 134,000 copies in the United States.[12] Despite not being a major commercial success for Gray, The Trouble with Being Myself received mostly positive reviews. The album spawned the single "When I See You".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Macy Gray

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "When I See You"   3:43
2. "It Ain't the Money" (featuring Pharoahe Monch)
  • Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Beck Hansen
  • Pharoahe Monch
  • Gray
  • DJ Kiilu Grand[a]
4:07
3. "She Ain't Right for You"  
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Gray
  • Austin[a]
4:12
4. "Things That Made Me Change"  
  • Gray
  • Austin[a]
4:29
5. "Come Together"  
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Christopher Thomas
4:35
6. "She Don't Write Songs About You"  
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Gray
  • Swann[a]
4:39
7. "Jesus for a Day"  
  • Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Bobby Ross Avila
  • Izzy Avila
3:30
8. "My Fondest Childhood Memories"  
  • Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Gray
  • Austin[a]
3:36
9. "Happiness"  
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Gray
  • Swann[a]
4:13
10. "Speechless"  
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
Gray 4:06
11. "Screamin'"   Gray
  • Gray
  • DJ Kiilu Grand[a]
3:16
12. "Every Now and Then"  
  • Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Gray
  • Austin[a]
4:34
Notes

Artwork[edit]

The album is known for its memorable album cover, which shows a completely nude Gray sitting down in a dark corner with her hands in her lap.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Trouble with Being Myself.[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[16] 23
Australian Urban Albums Chart[17] 5
Austrian Albums Chart[18] 27
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[19] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[20] 22
Danish Albums Chart[21] 34
Dutch Albums Chart[22] 18
Finnish Albums Chart[23] 19
French Albums Chart[24] 61
German Albums Chart[25] 46
Irish Albums Chart[26] 40
Italian Albums Chart[27] 20
Japanese Albums Chart[28] 53
New Zealand Albums Chart[29] 41
Polish Albums Chart[30] 22
Scottish Albums Chart[31] 21
Swiss Albums Chart[32] 10
UK Albums Chart[33] 17
UK R&B Albums Chart[34] 5
US Billboard 200[35] 44
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[36] 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
United Kingdom April 28, 2003 Epic [6]
Japan May 2, 2003 Sony [13]
United States July 15, 2003 Epic [39]
Japan (reissue) September 10, 2003 Sony [14]

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