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All the Roadrunning

Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

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While they are both distinctive stylists — one only has to hear a few notes to identify either — they are also both chameleon-like in their ability to blend into nearly any situation. Knopfler and Harris have guested on many albums, happily serving as that special ingredient. Together here under equal billing with songs from sessions that span over seven years, Knopfler and Harris seem a natural pair. The supple guitar stirrings Knopfler brought to Dire Straits and his later solo work are in full evidence along with what has always been his limited vocal range (often accurately described as a ‘drawl,’). Harris is a natural sweetener, softening hard moments with a moment’s hesitancy, holding back on notes until all meaning is wrung. The material, primarily supplied by Knopfler, who wrote ten to Harris’ two, is solid if slightly underwhelming. There’s a majestic, traditional beauty to many of the tunes. They sound as if they’ve come through the ages (“Beachcombing,” “Rollin’ On”), but none expend that moment of epiphany. Which says much about what we’ve come to expect from these incredible talents. 99 and a half just won’t do?

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A song for the ages

Over 20 years ago I was driving in London on an early summer evening and heard Tunnel of Love for the first time. It was a transcendant moment as the lilting guitar swirled in the summer air. Last Saturday evening that moment was revisited upon hearing If This is Goodbye: a hauntingly beautiful, ineffably sad and wonderful love song. I later learned it was written as a tribute to those on Flight 93. Well, the tears just came - a fitting tribute indeed. There are those who take offense at the erroneous classification as "rock." Rock it is not, but honest, straightforward but wonderfully composed and played understated music in a country vein. It does not really get any better than from these two legendary figures in perfect unison here.

Making music, not selling records

To the guy who dissed this as "not Dire Straits", well, yea, it's not. Regardless of that, this is a tremendous collection of songs by 2 incredibly talented artists who make art first and count cash later. The song writing, coupled with Knopler's guitar and baritone are in complete sync with Emmylou's golden voice. This is one of the best records of this decade and if you're a lover of true music, you'll love this. If you're a Top 40 or today's country type, you NEED this to rework your senses. Oh yea, one more note to the guy who dissed this; it's "Neil" Young, not "Neal" Beavis. 5 Stars. Thanks Mark and Emmylou.

EmmyLou and Mark

Now and then, an album comes along that from the frist hearing, you know it's destined to top the charts; this album by Emmylou and Mark Knopfler is one of those chart toppers... great songs and great sounds... I especially like "This Is Us" and "If This Is Goodbye", a trubute to the brave souls onboard Flight 93, who gave their lives for our country.

Biography

Born: August 12, 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most celebrated British guitar hero to emerge in the 1970s and '80s, Mark Knopfler rose to fame as the leader of Dire Straits, and his songwriting and incisive guitar work played a decisive role in making them an international success story. At a time when punk and new wave were making technique for its own sake seem irrelevant, and metal was taking the guitar solo in noisier and unpredictable directions, Knopfler's clean but dexterous picking proved there was still room for traditionalism and...
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