April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

On her lovely 2002 debut, ex-Whiskeytown violinist-vocalist Cary proved she could front a band. But while that disc had a Brit folk-rock sound, this time she’s back in alt-country territory. Sonically veering between Mary Chapin Carpenter (who sings backup here) and Patsy Cline, Out reflects the benefits of spending a year on the road before piling into the studio. It brims with beautiful, confidently delivered tunes about love…and all its inherent dangers.

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