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/TriStar
Producer Mary Chapin Carpenter
John Jennings
Mary-Chapin Carpenter chronology
State of the Heart
(1989)State of the Heart1989
Shooting Straight in the Dark
Come On Come On
(1992)Come On Come On1992
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.