Kill to Get Crimson

Kill to Get Crimson

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by Mark Knopfler
     
 

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Mark Knopfler's star hasn't shined this bright since his Dire Straits days. After 2004's well recieved Shangri-La, and two lauded collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Knopfler releases this entirely new set of songs.

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Mark Knopfler's star hasn't shined this bright since his Dire Straits days. After 2004's well recieved Shangri-La, and two lauded collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Knopfler releases this entirely new set of songs.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given that Kill to Get Crimson follows Mark Knopfler's yearlong collaboration with Emmylou Harris -- inaugurated by the album All the Roadrunning and followed by a tour, subsequently documented on the live set Real Live Roadrunning -- it might be reasonable to presume that it bears a slightly heavier folk influence, as if Emmylou had rubbed off on the guitarist. And that's true to a certain extent: "Heart Full of Holes" has an old-timey carnivalesque lilt to its middle section and "Secondary Waltz" is simple, low-key two-step driven by accordions, while "The Fish and the Bird" is a spare allegory that recalls old folk tunes, as does the stately grace of "Madame Geneva's." Also, "Let It All Go" (the song that bears the lyric that lends the album the title) is a minor key dirge that could be seen as a winding folk tune, but it hearkens back to the evocative mood pieces that often up ate up large sections of the second side of a Dire Straits album, and that's hardly the only time either Knopfler's old band or his solo works are brought to mind here. Despite the few folk trappings, most of Kill to Get Crimson resembles nothing so much as another tastefully low-key album from Knopfler, one that resides comfortably in his mellow Americana niche, where country, blues, and rock gently blend into a sound that resembles no particular style but evokes plenty of past sounds. Knopfler rides this soft groove as easily as he ever has, maybe even a little easier than usual, but the big difference here is although mood is key -- as it always is on a Knopfler solo album -- the emphasis is not on guitar; it's on the song. Thing is, the mood tends to trump the sound unless the album is heard closely, which is something Knopfler's dedicated cult will surely do, but less dedicated listeners can't be blamed if they enjoy this merely as background music if they choose to enjoy this at all.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624992998
catalogNumber:
281660
Rank:
8368

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Kill to Get Crimson 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
glauver 8 months ago
Mark Knopfler's solo career is what the critics call subtle. Knopfler has largely abandoned the Top 40 moves he made so successfully with Dire Straits. While I admire his integrity, I find it is hard to keep paying attention. His guitar is as terse and tasty as ever; but I would prefer a bit more energy and fire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic collection of songs. It's rare for me to enjoy an entire CD, but I can listen to this all day long. It's mellow enough to be background music, but the lyrics and melodies are also beautiful. This has been on non-stop play in my car since the first time I heard it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knopfler will never disapoint a fan.The Main BN "All Music Guide" review is pretty good.You probably have to be a Knopfler follower or fan of rootsy folk ,but on electric guitar to really listen close enough to know how good it is.If you only know Knopfler from say 1985 you will be shocked. I miss & wonder where Richard Bennett was for this one though. I love the guitar style (Its why I started playing).It's completely there ofcourse,but on this album you won't get the 1978 type playing that still makes me run to my guitar and try. I would love for him to put out one more cd that just has that "Lets show 'em some stuff" guitar playing.I'd like to see another duet cd.It might bring it out of him.Clapton got him, but Knopfler & J.J.Cale would be unbelivable. It is a great cd.Waiting for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best cd's that BN has on the in-store playlist. Doesn't seem to ever get old. Fantastic voice, great guitars, and marvelous flow from song to song. I've been suggesting this to people who like country, folk, bluegrass, rock, etc. It's a great album that's accessible to people of all sorts of musical tastes and backgrounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was used to Dire Straits, and expected this to be a rock CD. Instead, it's more like gentle folk music. At first, all the songs sounded alike to me because they're rather soft and quiet. On further listening, I could hear and appreciate the uniqueness of each song. I'm now completely addicted, just like I am to "Brothers in Arms", and just let the disk play over and over, enjoying it more each time. My 16-month-old granddaughter cries in between all the songs because she's afraid the music's over! Mark Knopfler is a great songwriter, storyteller and musician!
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