I'm Staying Out

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. I'm Staying Out is cut from the same cloth as her first full-length, While You Weren't Looking, but it expands on the ambition of that fine record and shows Cary growing from strength to strength as a writer and a performer.
  5. A top-to-bottom solid disc with a handful of subtle knockouts.
  6. With the exception of one or two B-grade songs, this album is gold.
  7. Road-testing new material has produced a tight and confident work that transcends many third and fourth attempts by artists of similar caliber.
  8. This wonderfully realized album by songbird/ violinist Caitlin Cary is proof that sophomore slumps are strictly for amateurs.
  9. 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.
  10. Q Magazine
    Some songs haven't quite matured and a new mainstream polish sometimes dulls the emotional edge. [Aug 2003, p.102]
  11. Magnet
    Folkier and less prone to rocking than [Ryan Adams], she's also more dedicated to preserving an overall country feel to the music. [#59, p.88]
  12. I'm Staying Out builds on last year's fine debut, While You Weren't Looking, exhibiting more confidence and some adventurous musical turns.

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