Macy Gray

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Usually when somebody covers Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” that sleekly syncopated groove will elicit instant, head-bobbing recognition from the crowd. Not so with Macy Gray’s rendition. On her start-to-finish reinterpretation of Wonder’s Talking Book album, she takes a back-alley bebop approach to the song, craggily crowing in almost incantatory fashion, and in the process, accents the paranoia of the lyrics in a genuinely new, wonderfully weird way. You probably won’t know what’s happening until she actually starts singing, and maybe not even then. Casual eccentricity — that’s been the Macy Gray way ever since she breezed in with her turn-of-the-millennium neo-soul-pop smash “I Try.” When she released both the Wonder tribute and an album featuring Kanye West, Sublime and Radiohead covers last year, she was doing both the safe thing for a by-now-veteran act — giving the audience songs they’d already know, an alternative spin on a Rod Stewart move — and proving once again that every tune sounds different filtered through her one-of-a-kind timbre and imagination.

—Jewly Hight

Sat, Nov 30 | 8:00 PM (7:00 Door)
The Franklin Theatre
$60 - $70
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Macy Gray

Los Angeles CA  |  R&B/Soul

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