I'm Staying Out

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  • Summary: This sophomore effort for the former Whiskeytown member was, like her acclaimed 2002 debut, produced by Chris Stamey. Mary Chapin Carpenter and Mitch Easter are among numerous guests on the album.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    It brims with beautiful, confidently delivered tunes about love.... and all its inherent dangers. [25 Apr 2003, p.150]
  2. 90
    This supremely confident disc is easily an early standout for year-end best honors.
  3. Another accomplished collection that adds richer arrangements and instrumentation to Cary's mix of rock, folk, and country tunes.
  4. This wonderfully realized album by songbird/ violinist Caitlin Cary is proof that sophomore slumps are strictly for amateurs.
  5. I'm Staying Out compensates for its lack of spectacular innovation by showcasing its players' technical prowess and busting out a handful of intensely sincere performances.
  6. Q Magazine
    Some songs haven't quite matured and a new mainstream polish sometimes dulls the emotional edge. [Aug 2003, p.102]
  7. This spinner of wispy, earnest vocals, sad-eyed melodies and country sensibilities lacks that special spark of passion to keep one's interest.

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