Album Review: Macy Gray – ‘The Sellout’ (Island)

Effortlessly combining classic pop with flamboyant chart-frippery

A knockout wasn’t on the cards, so we’re somewhat surprised to be sprawled on the canvas muttering incomprehensibly while Macy Gray raises one mighty fist airward. ‘The Sellout’ is packed with killer soul-pop stompers, including the excellent, throbbing ‘Kissed It’ featuring Slash, Duff MacKagan and Matt Sorum doing a fair Glitter Band impression and sounding nothing like three-fifths of Guns N’Roses. Macy effortlessly combines the classic pop of Chic and Bill Withers with the sort of flamboyant, contemporary chart-frippery Mika probably thinks he’s up to. Her smoky Donald Duck rasp becomes trying before the conclusion, but that’s a minor irritation.

Jeremy Allen

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