Get Away From Me

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sophisticated stuff even for a music vet; truly stunning considering McKay is only 19.
  2. Dizzying in its scope and ambition.
  3. Not counting Stephin Merritt, no other under-40 approaches McKay's gift for cabaret.
  4. Los Angeles Times
    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. McKay mixes pathos and goofiness with egghead glee.
  6. Mojo
    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. The A.V. Club
    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]
  9. So ignore the Doris-Day-meets-Eminem descriptions you’re seeing; this is more like Kate Bush meets Phil Ochs.
  10. Spin
    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. 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.
  12. McKay runs the risk of stalling out at "adorably wacky" instead of actually meaning anything at all, or rewarding multiple listens with something more.
  13. Uncut
    Think Randy Newman crooned in a voice like Peggy Lee and delivered with the panache of Rufus Wainwright. [Sep 2004, p.96]
  14. Q Magazine
    A screw is definitely loose somwhere, but so what? [Oct 2004, p.128]
  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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. DanF
    Feb 9, 2007
    Totally unpredictable and funny and smart. What else could you ask for?
  2. ChrisH
    Jan 12, 2007
    If the Bloodhound Gang went to Berekley, this would be the kind of music they would make. Hillariously brilliant album!
  3. d
    Oct 29, 2006
    one of the greatest albums of the 00's