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Album Review

It's astonishing to think that Shelter From the Night came at the end of what would prove a downward arc in Exile's history. About half of this album, including the title track (briefly a number one hit), is comprised of country-rock ballads of tremendous beauty, power, and impact, mixing haunting melodies and solid electric guitar sound. From the opening number, "Just One Kiss," the band luxuriates in lush melodies and high-wattage, like England Dan & John Ford Coley with a major voltage boost, and the effect is most compelling. The whole album isn't up to the standard of the best half of the music, but it is all eminently listenable. Actually, much of Shelter From the Night (and this is not meant as an insult) should have rated a place as film music; J.P. Pennington hits the bull's-eye often as a songwriter here and it's all executed so smoothly and memorably, except music this good wouldn't be lucky enough to be used in a movie of equal quality.

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Shelter From The Night

This is possibly the best Exile album. The album cuts actually rival the singles in quality. The title track and Fly On The Wall are the best.


Formed: 1963 in Lexington, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Among rock listeners, Exile is remembered as the one-hit wonder responsible for 1978's number one smash "Kiss You All Over." However, in the early '80s, the Kentucky-bred band reinvented itself as a country outfit -- and a hugely successful one at that. Exile was actually formed all the way back in 1963 in Berea, KY, by singer/guitarist J.P. Pennington, the son of onetime Coon Creek Girl Lily May Ledford. At that time, they were a rock & roll combo known as the Exiles, and got their first exposure...
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