September 13, 2007
This their finest single to date. Jennifer Nettle turns in an achingly vulnerable vocal, with only an acoustic guitar backing her up for most of the song. “Stay” is the story of the other woman who slowly finds her pride and refuses to “live this way.” It’s very difficult to make the woman on the wrong side of the marital affair to appear sympathetic, but “Stay” is startlingly effective at doing so. I first heard this months ago, but it still blows me away every time I listen to it.