Mark Knopfler - Kill to get Crimson

2007-11-28 15:08
And their Dire Straits singles collections always played "Romeo and Juliet" twice because it didn't quite fit on the first side of a 60-minute cassette tape. And high school Christians always played the same track, to prove one night stands were a bad idea, because after this cool couple made love, she used to cry. Why? Why did she cry! Did he have a tiny thingy? We’ll never know for sure.

Still thank God for Mark Knopfler. If this guy was young and cute and didn't have flute interludes in his tracks, he'd be hailed as the new alt-folk thing.
Instead he's just made a simply brilliant album that makes it tempting to respect your elders. It's all comfortable, but occasionally surprising down-tempo Irish blues melodies, generously marked with melancholy. Knopfler makes differently flavoured cheese to, say Springsteen’s (so shoot me Daddy) – it’s milder, more subtle, and less mature. But you can tell he, Bruce, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney and co hung out in the same record collections at times.

For special moments, there's one waltz about learning to dance at school and how a fat chick got left standing. There's also the touching opener, about loving a woman - one his own age - on “True Love Will Never Fade”.

Well apparently true talent doesn't fade either.

- Jean Barker

If you had classical musos as friends in the 80s - because you were a classical muso, in a 17-year-old kind of way - then the first thing you noticed about them was their awful taste in pop music. Mark's old band Dire Straits was as good as it got. Otherwise it was Enya, or the Now 44-equivalent they'd bought as a desperate attempt to fit in. Bach didn't get you dates with average straight ous.

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