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Stay The Same is Joey McIntyre's debut studio album that was released on March 16, 1999 by C2 Records and Work Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Couldn't Stay Away From Your Love 4:44
  2. I Can't Do It Without You 3:50
  3. Give It Up 4:27
  4. Stay The Same 3:49
  5. I Love You Came Too Late 3:15
  6. All I Wanna Do 4:41
  7. The Way That I Loved You 4:10
  8. I Cried 4:39
  9. Because Of You 5:10
  10. We Can Get Down 3:58
  11. Let Me Take You For A Ride 3:44
  12. One Night 4:08
  13. Without Your Love 6:25

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Stay The Same" peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA.

Critical ReceptionEdit

In their review of the album, Allmusic wrote: "McIntyre, the youngest of the quintet of singing, dancing, cute white-boys-with-soul from Boston, is now 26 years old, which is a bit long in the tooth for this business. But those teeth are gleaming white in the video for the title track from this, his debut solo album, as he emotes sincerely in front of a black gospel choir. McIntyre doesn't need to be told what to do. He knows to alternate dance numbers and ballads. He knows that the lyrics have to be first-person declarations of love and support directed at an intended adolescent or younger female audience. He doesn't need a Svengali to craft such greeting-card sentiments for him, either (though fellow ex-NKOTB Donnie Wahlberg pitches in), as can be seen from his co-writing credits on songs with titles like "Couldn't Stay Away From Your Love," "I Can't Do Without You," and "The Way That I Loved You" for the ballads and "Give It Up" and "We Can Get Down" (plagiarism alert: sounds a lot like "Grease") for the dance songs. Of course, it's all contrived, derivative, and formulaic, but that doesn't matter. The question is whether McIntyre can still come across as a teen dream, now that he's over 21 and by himself. And the answer is -- maybe."

Rolling Stone gave it a two-star rating, writing: "It can't be denied that lil' Joey has grown big time as a singer. Nonbelievers might be startled to hear how masterfully McIntyre can belt a ballad or slide across a dance rhythm. Yet his cliched, self-penned lyrics suggest a youth spent dodging tutors, and their fixation on trite surface thrills makes his soulman phrasing too mannered for the rote riffs he rides. Its title refers to a well-meaning lyrical message directed at a self-doubting friend, but Stay the Same might as well be summing up McIntyre. He still comes across as a frustrated actor, and this script feels like a calculated rewrite."

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