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Macy Gray
- Talking Book

If anything, this album really makes you want to listen to Wonder’s earlier works.

Jan 8th 2013 | Label: Sony
Since her powerful soul debut thirteen years ago, Gray has struggled to make a mark on the charts. Lacking in focus and new material, she has done what so many others have in the past and recorded cover songs that at best keep their career floating. Taking on a Stevie Wonder album in its entirety is a concept that if anything if ambitious. Choosing the Talking Book record with so few hits on it may reflect how it's a wonderful album to play live. Gray's distinctive crackling voice is actually quite effective, even when her band try to take over at times.

There are a few songs you'll recognise straight away, including You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, a typical Stevie Wonder tune revolving around a sweet melody and simple groove. Gray's take on the classic Superstition is actually quite appropriate and interesting, even though it leaves behind the predictable groove you hear when bands cover the track. One of the best moments on Talking Book is Big Brother, where the combination of the lyrics and Gray's vocal technique match up perfectly. Her band is out to impress, and they tend to show off at times. There are a few songs like Tuesday Heartbreak where they are impressive yet slightly overbearing.

If anything, this album really makes you want to listen to Wonder's earlier works. Gray does a relatively good job of this, yet it would have been a little more impressive if she had penned some new songs and spoke from the heart again.

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Dates

Wednesday 18th February

Macy Gray + Special Guests

The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie

Saturday 7th March

Macy Gray + Special Guests

Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Sunday 8th March

Macy Gray + Special Guests

Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Tuesday 10th March

Macy Gray + Special Guests

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin

Wednesday 11th March

The Big Slapple - Adelaide Fringe Festival with
Macy Gray

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

Friday 13th March

Macy Gray

Lismore City Hall, Lismore

Friday 13th March

John Butler Trio + Macy Gray + Buffy Sainte-Marie + Dan Sultan + Jordie Lane + David Bridie + Phil Wiggins + Dom Turner + Daniel Champagne + more

Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba

Saturday 14th March

Macy Gray + Special Guests

The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

Tuesday 17th March

Macy Gray + Special Guests

Lizottes Newcastle, Lambton

Thursday 19th March

Macy Gray

Enmore Theatre, Newtown

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