9 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With this 1985 album, Dire Straits frontman/producer Mark Knopfler created an enduring rock manifesto. It’s smooth, well-crafted, and filled with sharp wit and social commentary: The super-catchy “Money for Nothing” skewers the idea of pop stardom while simultaneously embracing it, the moody title song tackles the ridiculousness of war, and the poppy “Walk of Life” uses a street busker’s story to make a bigger statement. It’s diverse, too—“Ride Across the River” blends blues, Latin, and Caribbean music while “Your Latest Trick” touches on jazz.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With this 1985 album, Dire Straits frontman/producer Mark Knopfler created an enduring rock manifesto. It’s smooth, well-crafted, and filled with sharp wit and social commentary: The super-catchy “Money for Nothing” skewers the idea of pop stardom while simultaneously embracing it, the moody title song tackles the ridiculousness of war, and the poppy “Walk of Life” uses a street busker’s story to make a bigger statement. It’s diverse, too—“Ride Across the River” blends blues, Latin, and Caribbean music while “Your Latest Trick” touches on jazz.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
271 Ratings
271 Ratings
Red5StndgBy ,

Subtle and Magnificent

Ignore the pop songs, dig deeper into the album. Truly thoughtful. Listened to this as a teenager in the 80's. Went to war in the 2000's. What I heard as a kid rings true as an adult.

'Ol School Dude ,

Ignore the official iTunes review above

This is one of the most consistent albums from start to finish in the rock catalogue! I am shocked that that the title cut was not highlighted by the reviewer as being a masterpiece...it is still on my iPod's power rotation 25 years after release. The Man's Too Strong is another classic track. Knopfler demonstrates his genius as both a composer and instrumentalist on this must-have recording.

JosephArthurFan ,

One of the best 80's albums

The musicianship in this work shows how far Dire Straits had come and what they could accomplish with their talent. This is definitely one of their best albums to date. You can argue, but you could be wrong.

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