Dire Straits (180g LP)

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Dire Straits
Dire Straits (180g LP)

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Release Date: Friday 30 May 2014

Dire Straits' minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler's spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits -- even the group's breakthrough single, "Sultans of Swing," offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band -- their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career. - AllMusic

Tracks:

A1 Down To The Waterline
A2 Water Of Love
A3 Setting Me Up
A4 Six Blade Knife
A5 Southbound Again
B1 Sultans Of Swing
B2 In The Gallery
B3 Wild West End
B4 Lions