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Making Movies

Dire Straits

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After their second album, Communique was considered by some critics to be too subtle and too close to the band’s stellar self-titled debut album, singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler set out to write a few tunes that exhibited his ambitions as a songwriter. His brother David departed the group, leaving even more room for Knopfler to fill. He responded with his tightest and strongest set of tunes to date. “Tunnel of Love,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Skateaway,” which comprised the album’s first side, come together as a stirring suite that use all the dynamics at hand to deliver an emotive punch every bit the equal to the stories Knopfler told with the lyrics and with his impeccably expressive lead guitar playing. His leaning towards Dylan’s folk ghosts were met with a Springsteen-esque sense of purpose. The album’s second side flowed differently: as distinct songs that each shined their spotlights on different aspects of the group. Even at five minutes, “Expresso Love” had the feel of a hit single. “Hand In Hand” turned to the piano for a ballad. “Solid Rock” worked off a bar-band strut. Hard to believe, their most successful album was yet to come.

Customer Reviews

A Shot of Expresso

Dire Straits is one of the most underrated bands of all time. People only know Dire Straits from “Sultans of Swing” and the Brothers in Arms album, and they often forget that Mark Knopfler and crew made a lot of good stuff in between. When the first chord strikes in the epic opener “Tunnel of Love,” I get shivers down my spine. A musical roller coaster ride has begun. After the brilliant and heartbreaking “Tunnel of Love,” comes “Romeo and Juliet” – perhaps the most beautiful love ballad ever composed. Mark Knopfler’s near-drawl singing style works perfectly here, conveying the agony and passion Romeo feels for Juliet. After “Romeo and Juliet” comes “Skateaway,” which should become the worldwide anthem for not only roller skaters but for anyone who feels out of place because they’re different. Next up is “Expresso Love,” which I think is a highlight of the album. “Expresso Love” is at once exciting, fervent, and dynamic with its upbeat, driving rhythm and growling rhythm guitar. While not as intense as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hand in Hand” covers the same romantic theme. “Solid Rock” certainly lives up to its name – it is wild, unbridled, unadulterated rock. If only the awful “Les Boys,” a Dire Straits all-time low, had been left out, Making Movies would be perfect. I highly recommend getting every other track on this album. You will be amazed at the quality and magnificence of Making Movies.

Epic

This album is epic. I own it in vinyl, on cd and have downloaded it onto my ipod. Every cut with the exception of "Les Boys" gets 5 stars.

Glorious - but of course, it

This was the one that woke me up to Dire Straits..I fell in love while listening to this-and it's been part of the soundtrack of my life so far..extraordinary. Mark K has probably the loveliest, most personal voice and has always been the epitome of maleness and intelligence for me.
I could spend alot of money buying his most recent music - but this album will always be it for me. Absolutely the best.

Biography

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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