Big Macy Gray (Geffen) She may have corralled a pack of musical assistants into the studio, but Macy Gray is still her inimitable self on Big, her fourth studio album. With her trademark rasp, quirky sense of humour, odd phrasing and clever hooks, she immediately demonstrates how's she's different and why she manages to stand out beside stronger vocalists such as Natalie Cole (who provides harmonies on Finally Made Me Happy). On that opening track, Gray sings about her husband doing the right thing at last by walking out the door. Background singer Dawn Beckman contributes similarly on the bouncy Treat Me Like Your Money, which samples Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and features Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, who is the main reason Gray sought the creative input of friends. Another key contributor is Justin Timberlake, who co-produced the funky Okay and Get Out. The number that is Gray to the core, however, is tucked between One For Me and Slowly, two syrupy non-starters that somehow suit her new Tina Turner-meets-Whitney Houston look. Strange Behaviour tells of a couple 'happily married until he waved a gun at me [and said:] 'I love you, baby, but you gotta big insurance policy and I really need the paper'.' Eccentric but eminently listenable, it reveals Gray as fans will remember her, with wild eyes, a messy mop and a personality that comes through her music, regardless of the finer touches.