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** 1/2 Mindy McCready, "If I Don't Stay the Night," BNA.

November 23, 1997|Randy Lewis

Don't let the first three boilerplate country tunes on this sophomore album mislead you. Things pick up from there with several nicely sketched portraits, set to jangling country-rock, of characters yearning for better things from life and love. If she's not quite McCready for the big time, she's getting McCloser.

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