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Interestingly enough, the Dire Straits album that preceded this one was titled "Making Movies." In many ways, it seems as though Knopfler has done exactly that here. "Telegraph Road," the opening track, is a musical portrait of epic proportions, a tale of promise, progress, and desolation wrapped around an incredibly powerful arrangement. Knopfler's biting lyrics give this opus extra kick - "Then came the churches, then came the schools, then came the lawyers, then came the rules." His voice was made to sing this song - the sad, smoky, whisper "Now you act a little colder, like you don't seem to care," is positively chilling. Even if this were the only song on the disc, it would be worth having.
"Private Investigations" finds Knopfler narrating as the weary private eye, disillusioned and disgusted by the lives and the lies of the people he is paid to watch. "What have you got at the end of the day? What have you got to take away? A bottle of whiskey, and a new set of lies, blinds on the windows and pain behind the eyes." This cut is another example of Knopfler's ability to evoke a powerful image, using his words economically, yet masterfully, and allowing the sound to fill in the blanks. "Scarred for life. No compensation. Private investigations."
Knopfler's hilarious take on modern technology, "Industrial Disease" is a raucous romp placed right in the middle of the song cycle, giving the listener a few minutes to breathe and laugh. If you listen hard enough, you can hear the singer laughing along with you.Read more ›
In the short two years I lived in Britain, Knopfler became a kind of institutionalized artistic force everywhere one looked, writing soundtrack music for (among other films) "Local Hero" and "Cal", performing both alone and with Dire Straits, and collaborating with other artists, as well. The music here is very and innovative progressive rock, and the electric guitar work literally sings by itself. When I listen to the album now, it is a source of continuing amazement to me that Knopfler could make the sounds that emanated out of that instrument so uniquely animated as it is. The whole band is terrific, and it is sad that they made so few albums before internal frictions broke them apart. Enjoy this and their other wonderful albums. Here in "Love Over Gold" they make an indelible stamp on modern rock that I am sure you will find entertaining and entrancing. Enjoy!
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Truly excellent piece. Get your stereo in order to appreciate Telegraph Road.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Masterful album by Dire Straits. Textural, beautiful, traveling songs. Reminds me of a soundtrack - now I want to go on that motorcycle trip on the coast while listening to Love... Read morePublished 2 months ago by embeeceekay
I miss the Knopfler brothers. This was an awesome album in the '80s and has stood the test of time.Published 2 months ago by CocoHawk
The original issue CD sounds so much better than this Warners Remastered CD
that's why only three stars, The Music itself is Masterful!!!
"Industrial Disease", a little known gem, is on this album, along with "Telegraph Road" and "Private Investigations". Great guitar solos on every song.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer