Richard and Linda Thompson, 'Shoot Out the Lights' (1982)
A biting — and accurate — portrayal of a disintegrating marriage, the Thompson's 1982 effort Shoot Out the Lights was a fraught union of Linda's pure soprano, Richard's wild guitar and some very bad vibes rendered in exquisite metaphors. Just check out some of the song titles: "Did She Jump or Was She Pushed?"; "Don't Renege On Our Love"; "Walking on a Wire." Richard Thompson has always been a cult favorite (he and Linda separated in 1981), and his resolutely adult approach makes it unlikely that his best work, like SOTL, will be discovered by teens of this, or any, generation. It takes time to understand this particular kind of pain.