With this album, recorded in Nashville, Worcester-area singer-songwriter Gracie Day taps into a sense of wanderlust and small-town constraint to create a narrative that bristles and smolders. Day is an excellent vocalist, blessed with a smoky voice and an impeccable sense of phrasing, but really, this album shows that her greatest strength is as a storyteller. The heat of “Come a Little Closer” plays well into the ambivalence of “Last Chance,” and the hopefulness of the opener, “Tennessee,” feels like a distant echo when you reach the sense of stasis of “Some Things Never Change.” She accomplishes a lot in a slim album, and not a single note is wasted.
- Victor Infante, Worcester Magazine
"She delivers a uniquely sweet braid of guitar and vocal melodies, supported by a voice direct from the heart that brings cutting immediacy to lyrics poignant and powerful all by themselves."
- WPAA-TV Channel 18 Wallingford, CT
"Imagine if you had x-ray vision and were able to see what goes on inside of the cocoon, before The Butterfly emerges. Imagine. Because that's the listening to Gracie Day experience."
- LaMott, iCRV Radio
“Day is an expressive singer, imbuing this litany of emptiness with an ashen bitterness, and yet the listener is drawn to the sultriness of her vocals, the way heat curls around each syllable. The emotional landscape she’s describing might be fallow, but the persona herself still has a spark, one that flares during the chorus: ‘Didn’t turn out right, did I?’ sings Day, ‘I collect hearts up my sleeve/the doctor says I’m fine/with a little therapy/another 100 milligrams/it’s not the cure, but I don’t give a damn.’”
Victor Infante, The Worcester Telegram
“I Don’t Want Whiskey,” a slight warble to Gracie’s voice and prominent slide guitar give off a good ol’ Opry-ready vibe. Through a full-band production with a rich, radio-friendly sound, the instrumentation is relatively sparse, focusing listeners more specifically on Gracie’s voice. Drums and strings drive a mid-to-late-song bridge that serves as a bit of a musical crescendo, but overall the voice-focused recording brings out the emotion of every voice-crack and lilt in Gracie’s voice. With “I Don’t Want Whiskey” serving as an advance introduction to Gracie’s forthcoming EP, it will be interesting to hear what else she has in store for us.