Get Away From Me - Nellie McKay
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dizzying in its scope and ambition.
  2. Sophisticated stuff even for a music vet; truly stunning considering McKay is only 19.
  3. Not counting Stephin Merritt, no other under-40 approaches McKay's gift for cabaret.
  4. Filled with just the kind of unpredictable twists and turns that you'd expect from someone who lists Doris Day as one of her idols and hopes someday to be compared to Bob Dylan. [29 Feb 2004]
  5. So ignore the Doris-Day-meets-Eminem descriptions you’re seeing; this is more like Kate Bush meets Phil Ochs.
  6. 80
    This has wit in spades, an irrepressible love of language and genuine originality. [Oct 2004, p.110]
  7. 80
    Her coy delivery suggests a seething everywoman concealing her rage under an ominously bright surface.
  8. McKay mixes pathos and goofiness with egghead glee.
  9. Often, Get Away From Me sounds like the work of someone with decades of experience getting one shot to try every idea she's ever had. [17 Mar 2004]
  10. 75
    The record could use more songs like "David," where her bratty valedictorian wit is balanced with a sense of real emotional stakes. [Apr 2004, p.93]
  11. 70
    Think Randy Newman crooned in a voice like Peggy Lee and delivered with the panache of Rufus Wainwright. [Sep 2004, p.96]
  12. Get Away From Me is an exciting debut that could become a cult favorite among pissed-off girl-women of McKay's age; if she can focus her creative energy without sacrificing any of the bite of her debut, she'll become an even more impressive talent.
  13. A screw is definitely loose somwhere, but so what? [Oct 2004, p.128]
  14. McKay runs the risk of stalling out at "adorably wacky" instead of actually meaning anything at all, or rewarding multiple listens with something more.
  15. There's no mistaking McKay's talent as a songwriter, even if, as on "The Dog Song," she still falls too easily prey to cloying preciousness.
  16. With better lyrics and a longer attention span, McKay would be a jaw-dropping songwriter, but it's difficult to get sucked into a song if you don't connect with the singer.
  17. It's sometimes hard to tell who's running the show, the major label or the major talent.

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