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Shoot Out The Lights (album) by Richard & Linda Thompson

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Shoot Out The Lights
Shoot Out The Lights by Richard & Linda Thompson (1982)
Overall rank: 1,322nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 181 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1982 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (206th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,322nd)

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Richard & Linda Thompson bestography

Shoot Out The Lights is ranked 2nd best out of 6 albums by Richard & Linda Thompson on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Richard & Linda Thompson is I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight which is ranked number 1064 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,354.

Richard & Linda Thompson album bestography « Higher ranked (1,064th) This album (1,322nd) Lower ranked (15,467th) »
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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 181 votes)
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Supremely well-written and terrific guitar playing from Richard, amazing melodies delivered so well by Linda. A generally joyous album, but their relationship problems manage to appear underneath the whole thing. Terrific.
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Maybe it just stands out in contrast to the never-ending slog of The Fall that I had been listening to before this, but I ended up liking this quite a bit.
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Good songs as always with Thompson, but I find the production way too slick. If it was recorded more like their seventies albums it would have been so much better. Still, a very good break up record with, walking on a wire, don't renege on our love, and, just the motion, the highlights. Great songs, but just a bit too polished for me.
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From Rhett
Way back in the 90s, there was an Internet service called Firefly which asked you to rate a bunch of albums. In return, it would give you a recommendation.

Firefly gave me this, and I was none too happy. It didn't seem like something I would like, but boy did I!

I believe Amazon bought Firefly and used it as the basis for its recommendation engine. I would never have picked up this album. I l still listen to it and still love it.
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From Graeme2
Not really feeling this. Think I'll come back to it some time.
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85/100
Very good album - Richard Thompson is a very underrated guitarist and everything on this album sounds fresh and new, which is not always the case with folk. But for me it is lacking the emotional impact that I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight has.
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shockingly beautiful
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This is one of those albums I would wager most of us read about before we hear (I know I did). My first exposure was reading about it in Rolling Stone's top 100 albums issue in 1987 (top albums of 1967-1987). Ten years later I actually found it on CD at Hastings and was ready to be disappointed. But this is one that is every bit as good as the critics would have you believe. "Wall of Death" is a great tune also covered by Nanci Griffith. Absolutely one of the best musical portraits of a disintegrating romantic relationship ever recorded.
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It rarely gets rawer and more real than this record. Makes Rumours look like a walk in the park.
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