In responding to a thread about Macy Gray's last album, I found I'd veered into a more general discussion, which there appears not to be a thread for. I think this lady remains one of the great underrated talents of her generation of pop stars. The fact that she had one massive hit was in the end maybe to her detriment, because she's a one-of-a-kind songwriter and a pretty mesmerizing crazy person in general. What people overlook is that she's not just a soulful voice, she's also a throwback to the great narrative pop writers of the 1960s, like Bobby Gentry. Her subject matter choices are special, too - with a few too many (amazing) darkly comic numbers about murder to be totally comfortable in a mainstream setting. Everyone knows her debut was a minor classic, at the very least - 'Caligula', 'Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak', 'I Try', ' 'I've Committed Murder'. Amazing. And to disagree sharply with a common sentiment, I think her second album ('The Id') is downright amazing. 'Sexual Revolution', 'Relating to a Psychopath', 'Sweet Baby' - the whole thing is brilliant, easily the equal of her debut. Like many, my interest waned with time for whatever reason; I never actually heard all of 'Big', though 'Treat Me Like Your Money' (with Will.I.Am) was certainly fun, if not up to her usual standards of inspired craziness. About a year ago, the very likable 'Slap a Bitch' surfaced as a buzz single - a return to those candid, bizarre, and violently funny lyrics I love her for so much. Catchy, and it didn't sound like much else on the radio at the time - I was sad it didn't gain traction. The ensuing album was to be called "The Gray Life" and be released under an alias, "Nemesis Jaxson" - that obviously never happened. It seems she's now working on a new version of that album, according to her website to be titled "The Sellout." Given the track record, definitely something I hope materializes.