Despite the use of strong expletives and some explicit content on a majority of the album's songs, the album was released with parental advisory warnings in only a few countries – and not in the United States.
Two singles were released from the album; "Lights Out" and "Sinking In". The video of "Lights Out" reached No. 15 on the CMT Top 20 Countdown.
The album received positive reviews from critics who complimented Presley's vocals and her songwriting.
Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn reviewed Presley's debut album and said, "The music on her new album, has a stark, uncompromising tone" and later said, "Presley's gutsy blues-edged voice has a distinctive flair."
AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said: "This is a sharp, ambitious mainstream pop/rock album performed by a singer with real character – thankfully, one that's surly, not sweet, since there's been too much sweetness from divas in the 2000s", giving the album four out of five stars.
The album sold more than 140,000 copies during its first week of release, and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In June 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album gold, symbolizing U.S. shipment of 500,000 copies.