The Trouble with Being Myself

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The Trouble with Being Myself
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 2003 (2003-04-28)
Studio
Genre
Length49:00
LabelEpic
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
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubMixed[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
PopMattersPositive[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
SpinB+[8]
Uncut3/5 stars[9]
USA Today3/4 stars[10]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

The Trouble with Being Myself is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Macy Gray. It was 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, The Trouble with Being Myself received mostly positive reviews; the album spawned the single "When I See You".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Macy Gray.

No.TitleMusicProducer(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
4:12
4."Things That Made Me Change"
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
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
3:36
9."Happiness"
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
4:13
10."Speechless"
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
Gray4:06
11."Screamin'"Gray
  • Gray
  • DJ Kiilu Grand[a]
3:16
12."Every Now and Then"
  • Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Indrizzo
  • Meldal-Johnsen
4:34

Notes

  • ^a signifies a co-producer
  • ^b signifies a vocal producer

Personnel[edit]

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

Musicians

  • Macy Gray – vocals (all tracks); backing vocals (tracks 2, 6, 12)
  • Dallas AustinARP, guitar (track 1); programming (tracks 3, 4); backing vocals (track 5)
  • Scott Breadman – percussion (tracks 1, 2, 4–8, 12)
  • DJ Kiilu Grand – programming (tracks 1, 2, 11); turntables (tracks 2, 9)
  • Fanny Franklin – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4)
  • Victor Indrizzo – drums (tracks 1–9, 11, 12); guitar (tracks 1, 2, 9); guitar loops (track 5)
  • Adam MacDougallMoog (tracks 1, 3); Hammond (track 10); piano (track 11)
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen – bass (tracks 1–4, 6–9, 12); backing vocals (track 2)
  • Audra Cunningham Nishita – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Mark Ronson – guitar (tracks 1, 11); programming, turntables (track 2)
  • Jeremy Ruzumna – Wurlitzer (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8–10, 12); synthesizer (tracks 1, 2, 6, 9, 11); piano (tracks 1, 8, 10); turntables (track 2); programming (tracks 2, 5, 10); Moog (tracks 2, 6, 11); Hammond (tracks 3, 5, 8); clavinet (track 5); Chamberlin (track 9); organ (track 12)
  • Sy Smith – backing vocals (tracks 1, 4, 5, 11); choir leader (track 9)
  • Beck – backing vocals, guitar (track 2)
  • Dawn Beckman – backing vocals (tracks 2, 5, 6, 11); choir leader (track 9)
  • Pharoahe Monch – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Chino Smith – backing vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8)
  • David Campbell – string arrangements (tracks 3, 7)
  • Jinsoo Lim – guitar (track 3)
  • Zac Rae – Rhodes (tracks 3, 4); Chamberlin (tracks 3, 4, 8–10); Farfisa (tracks 5, 8); piano (tracks 5, 10); clavinet, organ (track 7); Wurlitzer (tracks 7, 9); tack piano (track 8); synthesizer (track 10)
  • Rick Shepherd – programming (tracks 3, 4, 6)
  • Printz Board – flugelhorn (track 4); trumpet (tracks 4, 12)
  • Arik Marshall – guitar (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Tom "Tombone" Rawls – trombone (tracks 4, 12)
  • Danielle Thomas – backing vocals (tracks 4, 5, 8)
  • Tracy Wannomae – bass clarinet (track 4); saxophone (track 12)
  • Marsha Ambrosius – backing vocals (track 5); opera vocals (track 8)
  • Steve Baxter – trombone (tracks 5, 12)
  • Charles Green – saxophone (tracks 5, 12)
  • Mike Harris – trumpet (tracks 5, 12)
  • Natalie Stewart – backing vocals (track 5)
  • Chris Thomas – bass (track 5)
  • Darryl Swann – programming (tracks 6, 9); guitar (track 9)
  • Bobby Ross Avila – backing vocals (track 7); piano (tracks 7, 12)
  • Traci Nelson – backing vocals (track 7)
  • Dave Rolicke – saxophone, trombone (track 8)
  • Ericka Yancey – backing vocals (track 8)
  • Logan Duntzelman – kids choir (track 9)
  • Aanisah Hinds – kids choir (track 9)
  • Happy Hinds – kids choir (track 9)
  • Tahmel Hinds – kids choir (track 9)
  • Courtney Johnson – kids choir (track 9)
  • Joia Johnson – kids choir (track 9)
  • Chris Richardson – kids choir (track 9)
  • Sonny Swann – kids choir (track 9)
  • Marina Bambino – percussion (tracks 10, 12); backing vocals (tracks 11, 12)
  • Herb Graham Jr. – drums (track 10)
  • Lukas Haas – acoustic guitar, backing vocals (track 10)
  • Dave Wilder – bass (track 10)
  • Rama Duke – backing vocals (track 11)
  • Mike Elizondo – bass (track 11)
  • Esthero – backing vocals (track 11)
  • Kam Talbert – backing vocals (track 11)
  • Israel Avila – programming (track 12)

Technical

  • Dallas Austin – co-production (tracks 1, 3–5, 7, 8, 12); executive production
  • Dave Way – co-production (tracks 1, 5); recording, mixing, Pro Tools (all tracks)
  • Darryl Swann – vocal production (tracks 1, 7); co-production (tracks 6, 9)
  • Thom Russo – additional mixing (track 1); Pro Tools (all tracks)
  • DJ Kiilu Grand – co-production (tracks 2, 11)
  • Chris Wonzer – additional engineering (tracks 2, 11); engineering assistance (all tracks)
  • Macy Gray – production
  • Mike Melnick – additional engineering
  • Neil Ward – additional engineering
  • Tim Lauber – engineering assistance
  • Christine Sirois – engineering assistance
  • Ted Jensen – mastering

Artwork

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 23
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[17] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 22
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 34
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 18
European Albums (Music & Media)[23] 25
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 19
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 61
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 46
Irish Albums (IRMA)[27] 40
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 20
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[29] 53
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 41
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[31] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC)[32] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 17
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[35] 5
US Billboard 200[36] 44
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[37] 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[38] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] 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 [40]
Japan (reissue) September 10, 2003 Sony [14]

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