Review: Macy Gray flips the script on ‘Covered’
Published: March 26, 2012 10:37AM
Updated: March 26, 2012 10:37AM
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In this CD cover image released by 429 Records, the latest released by Macy Gray, "Covered," is shown. (AP Photo/429 Records)

Macy Gray, “Covered” (429 Records)

Making an album of covers is always a tricky proposition. An artist tackling another act’s song has the challenge of making a well-known tune their own while keeping at least some of the DNA of the original version.

It’s a delicate task, but Macy Gray succeeds with “Covered,” as the raspy-sounding singer returns with an impressive collection of remakes.

The handpicked songs, some of which will be familiar to her fans as she’s been performing them live over the years, include Radiohead’s “Creep” and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.”

Gray leads off the album with a version of the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes The Rain Again” followed by Radiohead’s “Creep”: It’s a clever choice on her part and she effortlessly introduces huge songs from artists of a different genre to a completely new fan base.

Gray continues to unleash her creativity with her take on “Teenagers.” The song by My Chemical Romance, where angry teens rage against a two-faced cruel world, is completely revamped and turned on its head as Gray switches the lyrics to take on the point of view of a parent.

Also included are short skits featuring Nicole Scherzinger and MC Lyte that show Gray’s witty side, a quirky collaboration with actor Idris Elba on Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly,” and a flash of love to Kanye West with “Love Lockdown/Buck.”

Overall, this album is a further extension of Gray’s wild and random side. The album’s full-bodied, colorful and shows that she’s still willing and able to push the boundaries without compromising herself or her talent.

Check this track out: Just in time for the warm season, “Wake Up” gives you that summertime vibe.