DOWN THE ROAD WHEREVER
Nine albums into his post-dire Straits solo career, Knopfler continues with the blend of intimacy and melancholy that’s become his calling card. The intensely weighty Celtic melodies of Drovers’road are energised by Mark’s instantly identifiable overdriven fingerstyle lead work. The gain’s rolled back a touch on Nobody’schild and Mybaconroll but the leads are still unmistakable Knopfler. Occasionally, there’s a sense that Mark may be retreading old ground. Backonthedance Floor and Matchstickmen both remind us of chord progressions from 2015’s brilliant Tracker. And we’re just not sure about the smoky jazz club vibe in Whenyouleave and Slowlearner. A deliberate choice to branch out? Probably, and of course Mark’s abilities as a songwriter and storyteller remain unquestioned. We’d just prefer to hear more of that timeless melodic lead playing that’s been his trademark for so long.
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