If I Don't Stay the Night fulfills the promise of Mindy McCready's debut album Ten Thousand Angels, finding the singer developing a stronger voice, both as a singer and a storyteller. Although McCready doesn't write any original songs, she has selected a set of songs -- ranging from the title track to a cover of Linda Ronstadt's "Long Long Time" -- that establish her as a strong, independent female voice in country music. Furthermore, her voice is growing stronger, turning even the mediocre songs into something special. It's a record that confirms that she is one of the strongest singers in the post-Shania world.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens