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Shooting Straight in the Dark

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Shooting Straight in the Dark

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

We gave it an A-

The heroines who populate Mary-Chapin Carpenter’s songs in Shooting Straight in the Dark, are a restless breed. They think too much for their own good, push to know why a relationship isn’t working, and try to shake out their frustrations on the dance floor. But most take matters into their own hands, including the long-neglected wife in ”When She’s Gone,” who walks out after years of catering to a man who won’t even miss her. Carpenter also offers a wonderfully evocative song about a comet sighting, ”Halley Came to Jackson,” and the rip-roaring ”Down at the Twist and Shout,” a kind of country-does-Cajun number. One small reservation: This third album isn’t as immediately grabby as last year’s State of the Heart, which had more up-tempo songs to balance the melancholia. A-