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Caitlin Cary
IíM STAYING OUT
(YEP-ROC)
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Former Whiskeytown bassist Caitlin Cary may be overshadowed by all the attention that bandís frontman, Ryan Adams, has received in the wake of their break-up, but sheís no less gifted a songwriter, and Iím Staying Out holds together at least as well, if not better than, anything Adams has released on his own. This is her second solo album, and itís marked by the same easy-going late-night cabaret vibe that worked so well on While You Werenít Looking.

Cary moves easily from the spare Aimee MannĖish pop of "Sleepiní In on Sunday" to the gentle country folk of "The Next One" to the more upbeat countrified rock of "Cello Girl." Every track benefits from her winning intimacy, a product of both her warm, smoky voice and lyrics rife with doubt, pain, and resilience ("Empty Rooms," for example, deals starkly with the loneliness that sets in after the departure of a lover). The disc features clean, crisp production by former dBís singer-songwriter Chris Stamey, and it closes with a sweet, somber cover of a song by former Stamey bandmate/former R.E.M. sideman Peter Holsapple, "I Want To Learn To Waltz with You." Cary doesnít come on as strong as Adams, but she radiates an earnestness that her former bandmate has rarely evinced.

BY CHRIS PARKER


Issue Date: August 8 - August 14, 2003
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