CD Review: Mark Knopfler – “Get Lucky”

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This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for between 2008 and 2010.

These were Jose’s first impressions of the songs and were not written after multiple spins.

Artist : Mark Knopfler
Album : Get Lucky (2009 Mercury/Warner Bros.)
Tracks : 11

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This is the sixth solo album from Mark Knopfler. This is an earthy album. The music is gentle and delicate; yet, powerful in its own way. Soulful would be a perfect description. The music on this album is words away from Knopfler’s Dire Straits days.

Having only heard Knopfler in the context of his previous band and not at all as a solo artist, this album was a total surprise for me. I was expecting something quite different. It was a happy surprise for me.

If you’re looking to chill out with some great music, this is a great album for doing just that.


You Can’t Beat the House, Before Gas & TV, Monteleone


Track 1 – Border Reiver
Cool track. Acoustically driven. Very countryish. 

Track 2 – Hard Shoulder
Very cool track. Soulful. 

Track 3 – You Can’t Beat the House
An old school blues track. Great!

Track 4 – Before Gas & TV
Wonderfully soulful. I’m not quite sure what genre this belongs in, but who cares? It’s great. 

Track 5 – Monteleone
Beautiful track!

Track 6 – Cleaning My Gun
Awesome track. 

Track 7 – The Car Was the One
Couldn’t really connect with this one. 

Track 8 – Remembrance Day
Nice melody. I don’t know why I didn’t really connect with this track. 

Track 9 – Get Lucky
The title track of the album. Cool track. 

Track 10 – So Far from the Clyde
Cool track. 

Track 11 – Piper to the End
Cool track. Very laid back.

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Posted in CD Reviews, The Weekly Riff (2008-2010) Reprinted.