I am a die hard Dire Straits fan and did enjoy Knopfler's last two solo releases. Though the quality of Ragpicker's Dream is excellent, I didn't really care for this release. Looking forward to the next one though.
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I think this is an overall excellent MK album that unfortunately may require a couple of listens to get under your skin. It's certainly the best recorded MK album to date; and, if you throw out the 1 or 2 usual MK clunkers, the rest are decent songs that emphasize lyrical content over musical complexity. I agree that it's no "Sailing To Philadelphia," but I think you all might change your opinion if you heard it on vinyl - it's absolutely stunning.
All the best,
>>above by Egoss: an "album that unfortunately may require a couple of listens to get under your skin."
This is a common thing isn't it? I think a lot of the music I end up liking most grows on me and much of the stuff that is immediately attractive wears out quickly. I'm not sure that it is unfortunate. Maybe it is necessarily that way.
The vinyl is good.
Thanks Ed, I agree that the first time I listened to the LP I did not rave about the content, but after hearing it a second time, I started realizing that this is a great album. I feel the LP has stunning sound quality. My favorite cuts are "You Don't Know You're Born" and "Coyote". I love the opening bass on "Coyote". Knopfler never needs flashy guitar work. He just knows where to place notes for the greatest effect. That makes him one of my favorite guitarists
I like the new album.
Too bad his tour had to be cancelled due to his motorcycle accident. However, I have trouble picturing Knopfler riding a racing bike or a cruiser thru the streets of London. RPD gives you the notion of a mellower Knopfler riding a Moped or a Vespa.
P.S. Knopfler doesn't get much credit for his film-score and soundtrack works. Those are real treats.