Shooting Straight in the Dark

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Shooting Straight in the Dark
Studio album by Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Released October 9, 1990
Genre Country
Length 42:12
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer Mary Chapin Carpenter
John Jennings
Mary-Chapin Carpenter chronology
State of the Heart
Shooting Straight in the Dark
Come On Come On
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]

Shooting Straight in the Dark is Mary Chapin Carpenter's third studio album. It was a #11 Country Album on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Four of its tracks became Billboard Hot Country Songs hits: "You Win Again" at #16, "Right Now" at #15, "Down at the Twist and Shout" at #2, and "Going Out Tonight" at #14. Members of the Cajun band BeauSoleil provide guest instrumentation on "Down at the Twist and Shout". Shawn Colvin provided backing vocals on three of the album's songs.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter; except where indicated

  1. "Going Out Tonight" (Carpenter, John Jennings) - 3:16
  2. "Right Now" (Al Lewis, Sylvester Bradford) - 2:36
  3. "The More Things Change" - 3:56
  4. "When She's Gone" - 5:05
  5. "Middle Ground" - 3:51
  6. "Can't Take Love for Granted" - 4:01
  7. "Down at the Twist and Shout" - 3:21
  8. "Halley Came to Jackson" - 3:10
  9. "What You Didn't Say" - 4:36
  10. "You Win Again" - 3:59
  11. "The Moon and St. Christopher" - 4:21


Compiled from liner notes.[3]


  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Jennings - production
  • Bob Dawson, Jim DeMain - engineering

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 11
U.S. Billboard 200 70


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Shooting Straight in the Dark (CD). Mary Chapin Carpenter. Columbia Records. 1990. CK 46077.