Webster’s defines the id as “the part of the psyche that is the source of instinctual impulses and demands for satisfaction.” For Macy Gray, it is simply “what you do before you think. The real you . . . unedited.”

After a Grammy, multiplatinum sales of her debut album “On How Life Is” and a two-year break, Gray is back with “The Id” (Epic), on which she takes soul a step further and charts the dangers, joys and hopes behind the “instinctual impulses” we all share.

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