Macy Gray, "Beauty in the World"

62 Billboard Rating

It's been a decade since Macy Gray burst onto the scene with her hit ballad "I Try," and the time in between can be characterized by a series of disappointing attempts to match that success. But with new single "Beauty in the World," Gray makes a strong case for her ability to craft another anthemic pop song. Nonthreatening folk pop is the vehicle of choice here: Over hand claps, a casual guitar strum and jangly tambourine, Gray sings, "Listen to the sound, and lose it/It's sweet music, and dance with me." While the concept feels a little hokey-as does rhyming "beauty in the world" with "shake your booty, boys and girls" in the chorus-it's the kind of song that should appeal to the singer's original fan base.

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