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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the release of Get Lucky, Mark Knopfler has made as many solo studio albums as he made group studio albums with Dire Straits, which may be a signal that it's time to stop comparing his two careers and simply accept them as separate entities. Of course, since Knopfler was the lead singer, chief instrumentalist, and songwriter for Dire Straits, there are obvious similarities, even if he has taken a deliberately different path as a solo artist. Basically, he's a lot quieter. "Border Reiver," the first song here, begins with a pennywhistle and a piano, then strings join in. Soon enough, Knopfler's distinctive conversational baritone begins calmly intoning lyrics, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the release of Get Lucky, Mark Knopfler has made as many solo studio albums as he made group studio albums with Dire Straits, which may be a signal that it's time to stop comparing his two careers and simply accept them as separate entities. Of course, since Knopfler was the lead singer, chief instrumentalist, and songwriter for Dire Straits, there are obvious similarities, even if he has taken a deliberately different path as a solo artist. Basically, he's a lot quieter. "Border Reiver," the first song here, begins with a pennywhistle and a piano, then strings join in. Soon enough, Knopfler's distinctive conversational baritone begins calmly intoning lyrics, and eventually there are examples of his melodic fingerpicked guitar style on both acoustic and electric. He even works up to a smoldering swamp rock shuffle, à la J.J. Cale, on "Cleaning My Gun." But that's as close as he comes to really rocking out. More typical is "Hard Shoulder," a ballad that employs a twangy guitar sound and comes across as a number that Glen Campbell could have had a hit with back in his late-'60s "Wichita Lineman" heyday. The tunes support Knopfler's story-songs and musical character studies, as he describes or embodies truck drivers "Border Reiver", itinerant workers "Get Lucky", guitar makers "Monteleone", and sailors "So Far from the Clyde", among others, painting a portrait of pastoral and blue-collar life in the British Isles some time in the past. This Glasgow-born guitarist comes by the Celtic influence honestly, of course, but he seems to be trying to create his own pseudo-traditional repertoire of what often sound like old folk songs. That's certainly one of the things he was trying to do in Dire Straits. "Remembrance Day" here is similar in tone to Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms," but then so is much of Knopfler's solo work; old fans still may lament that there isn't much that sounds like "Sultans of Swing" or "Money for Nothing."
New York Times
His latest album, radiates wariness and maturity as well as poise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602527086712
  • Catalog Number: 2708671
  • Sales rank: 139,290

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Knopfler Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Matt Rollings Keyboards
Richard Rodney Bennett Guitar
Richard Bennett Guitar
Danny Cummings Drums
Guy Fletcher Keyboards
John McCusker Violin, Cittern
Glenn Worf Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Phil Cunningham Accordion
Michael McGoldrick Flute, Human Whistle
Rupert Gregson-Williams French Horn
Technical Credits
Guy Fletcher Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Mark Knopfler Composer, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Michael McGoldrick Whistle
Chuck Ainlay Producer, Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good

    One of the best so far from Mark Knopfler.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's okay

    i'm a huge mark knopfler fan and have been since 1978; he has never hit a sour note in any recording he's put out or artist he's worked with. but for me this album is a bit of a dud. the stories, the passion, i'm just not feeling it on this one. again, that's saying a LOT because even this one, compared to any other artist, would be 5 stars. but compared to himself, this one lacks emotion, passion, lyrics and desire.

    i'm such a fan, and raise a roman catholic, that i think i need to go to confession after writing this! i would never say anything negative about knopfler!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    As always, Knopfler is great!!!

    Great CD

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I am a huge fan of Mark Knopfler's music!

    Being a huge fan of Mark Knopfler,(& Dire Straits too,) I look forward to every new music CD release.

    On "Get Lucky" from the first listen I especially liked "Border Reiver", "Hard Shoulder" "Monteleone" and "Cleaning My Gun". As I continued to listen to this CD over and over and over (and more really1), I became hooked on the entire collection of songs.

    I really appreciate Mark's guitar style and the lyrical phrasings of his songs on this and his other CD's.

    I have all of Mark Knopfler's (& Dire Straits) CD's and all are permanently loaded in my Ipod.

    Every CD is a magical journey, well worth the price of the ticket!

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