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After the sheer brilliance of Brothers In Arms, it was hard for Dire Straits to come up with a satisfying follow up. Thus, On Every Street is not as good as many of the band’s other albums. However, On Every Street is not completely devoid of its charms. One of these is the title track, “On Every Street,” which features a very nice build from only vocals and piano to a triumphant instrumental comeback at the end. “Fade to Black,” adds some smooth jazz and great guitar work from Mark Knopfler to the mix. Another song I like, “Iron Hand” is a very visual track in both lyrics and feel, calling up bloody images of a medieval battlefield. And “My Parties,” one of Knopfler’s most witty songs, humorously mocks the extremely wealthy. I enjoy rockers “Heavy Fuel” and “The Bug,” as well as the mysteriously extraterrestrial “Planet of New Orleans,” but the rest of the tracks on this album are rather tame and unremarkable (the shockingly corny “Ticket to Heaven” is just unbearable). So while some of these songs are without a doubt worth getting, you would be better off to look at other Dire Straits albums, notably Brothers In Arms and Making Movies.


I have to agree that Brothers In Arms was a hard act to follow, but this CD has some amazing songs that remain some of my all time favorite DS songs today. Definite downloads include: Planet of New Orleans (I love the SAX and guitar), Fade To Black (brilliant guitar work), You And Your Friend (ditto), When It Comes To You (very cool vibe), and How Long (a great two-step on the country floor song and great lyrics). These songs help to make this a work that Mark and the boys can be proud of. I'm glad to see the complete CD is available here. I still have the original CD release. It IS that good.


Very underrated. How Long and On Every Steet are highlights.


Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back blues-rock of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song...
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