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Brothers In Arms

Dire Straits

1985

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Brothers In Arms
Album Summary

Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 17 May 1985 through Vertigo Records internationally and through Warner Bros. Records in the United States. It spent a total of 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart (including ten consecutive weeks between 18 January and 22 March 1986), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms was the first album certified ten-times platinum in the UK and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history. It is certified nine-times platinum in the United States and is one of the world's best-selling albums, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.The album won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards; the 20th Anniversary Edition won another Grammy in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album. Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It was also among 10 albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, ultimately losing to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

This album makes me feel like I'm the US president, and Im about to announce to the world that Im going to run for reelection despite my recent medical scandal, and the ghost of my secretary is encouraging me along the way.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
4

Good album! But man why did he have to use the f*g slur >:( not cool, dude. Ugh 4 stars.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
1

I think I found my misophonia album

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

What a masterpiece, genius guitar work, never in your face but always present, great atmosphere

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Mark Knopfler is a beast all over this project, one of the best rock albums ever made. Effortlessly cool and technically brilliant. Top Tracks: "So Far Away", "Money For Nothing", "Walk of Life", "Your Latest Trick", "Brothers in Arms"

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

I normally don't leave reviews and I let the stars I choose speak for themselves...but in an effort to speak my mind more (my therapist would be so proud) I'll say: This bored the shit out of me.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

unbelievably strong start, but it kinda lost me in the second half. i still loved this album, though.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Side 1 is perfect. Side 2 is good.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

few of the best singles of all time. few shite fillers. a bit dated. but, for the anthems alone it gets 7.1/10

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Thu Aug 11 2022
1

Got this the day after The Birthday Party. It's funny how people's definitions of 'unlistenable' vary so radically. This is such a slog. Although it regularly meanders into the background, so easy forget it's on. A bit like all the singles did when they came on the radio in the kitchen in the 80s. But also overlong. Half the album is just twinkly nothing. And I'm sure you could do the prog intro to Money For Nothing and still close out the rest within 5 minutes. 8 and a half? Get out. The first album in project I have to give a 1 to, I just dislike all of it. It is absolutely not necessary to listen to this before you die.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
1

If you watch Jaws backwards it's a heartwarming story about a shark that gives limbs to disabled people.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

So many classics that I often forget are Dire Straits

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Riiiiiight these mufukas made sultans of swing

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Sat Mar 12 2022
3

A pleasant Friday listen, but it's impossible to overlook the homophobic slurs in Money For Nothing. If you want highly proficient guitar playing combined with soft 80's rock then these are the dudes for you.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
2

Wow, even the best tune on this album is ruined by a slew of homophobic insults. Nice. It's a shame, Knopfler is a guitarist with a sweet style I genuinely like, but too often he goes missing. In place of the fretboard kinetics of 'Sultans of Swing' or 'Lady Writer', we have sub-'Gaucho' era Steely Danisms of 'Your Latest Trick' and the utterly wretched 'Walk Of Life'. 'The Man's Too Strong' starts off promisingly with some nimble folk playing but, alas, it's swamped by the 'tasteful' production of the era. What a mess.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album that brings back memories of listening to it when I was a little kid.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Un album d'une qualité exceptionnelle de la part des Dire Straits, qui n'est pas que le simple fruit du hasard. En effet, les Dire Straits sont réputés pour avoir toujours su bien s'entourer. Mais laissez moi vous replonger dans le contexte. Nous sommes dans le début des années 80, quand les Dire Straits commencent à se regrouper en studio. La musique bat son plein, les enregistrements sont très prometteurs grâce à l'énorme aisance de chacun des membres du groupe avec leur instrument respectif. Mais très rapidement, on se rend compte au sein du studio que ce groupe, certes composé de grands musiciens, n'a en revanche aucune connaissance en arrangement sonore. Il leur faut donc recruter un ingénieur son. Rapidement, le premier candidat se présente dans le petit studio britannique. Mais c'est alors un véritable fiasco. Ce dernier oubliera de brancher la guitare de Mark Knopfler sur la première prise, avant de complétement saturer son micro. Après une troisième tentative au cours de laquelle Jim Morrison - car vous l'avez compris, c'était bien lui qui se cachait derrière l'ingénieur - fera tomber son sandwich sur la caisse claire du batteur Terry Williams, le groupe excédé finit par mettre Jim à la porte. Jim Morrisson répétera par la suite dans de nombreux médias que les Dire Straits sont un véritable cauchemar pour les ingénieurs sons, les accusant de perfectionnisme nocif. Pas d'inquiètude pour Dire Straits, ils finirent par recruter un ingénieur son qualifié, et purent boûcler ce magnifique album.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

The title track alone earns this entire album full marks, but then there's also a bunch of other fuckin bangers on it too. Only criticisms: Why Worry and Ride Across the River aren't really top-shelf material. But this is totally offset by that FUCKING TITLE TRACK OMG. 5/5.

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Sat Mar 04 2023
5

This is an album I already know and love, so listening to it for the millionth time was not a chore. I absolutely love every single song on this album - I don't know if I could ever pick a favorite. But I will say that the one-two punch of "So Far Away" and "Money For Nothing" gives this album an incredibly solid opening. I don't really know what else to say about this one. It's perfect. I've listened to it a million times and I'll listen to it a million more.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

One of the best albums of all time

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Mon Jun 12 2023
4

Those three dangerous words: I have this. Both in my digital library and my surviving brain memory, as the tape was stuck in my parents’ car for a billion years when I was around 10. ‘Money for Nothing’ is a song I’ve been fascinated with since I heard it, probably when it came out. The exciting opening climaxing Sting, which even then I knew was some sort of joke, was the first fixation, the song-long guitar solo the enduring one. A majestic experimental musician of my acquaintance labelled the guitar sound “brown tone” which, while not complimentary, fits. As a teen in Newcastle, Mark Knopfler worked as an intern at the Newcastle Evening Chronicle where this notoriously grumpy old man also worked. The grumpy old man was modernist poet Basil Bunting, at that time neglected and impoverished, probably finished in his own mind, though his revival with his masterpiece “Briggflatts” was only two years away. Knopfler recently made a song about him and their shared time in the office, and the lyrics appeal strongly to my sentiments. The music, not so much. Not enough brown tone. Still: ‘Bury all joy/ Put the poems in sacks/ And bury me here with the hacks.’ Which is to say, I like Knopfler. And you should read ‘Briggflatts’, and listen to Bunting read it (there’re videos on YouTube). ‘Your Latest Trick’ is the most MOR object that I will ever cherish. Sociologists favourite it, as it is the accepted marker of the cresting of MOR sax. MOR: making good MOR is incredibly hard. Have you ever tried drawing a long, straight line freehand? ‘Why Worry?’ is trite AF, but the descending little synth motif still puts eerie on me, especially with accompanying Knopfnoodling. Musicologists favourite this one as the high water mark of cheesy synth, after which the instrument moved on to the Channel 5 soft porn industry and never looked back. Knopfler is basically Clapton if Clapton wasn’t a… but let’s not embed a list in a list. ‘Ride Across A River’ hahahah did you write this after watching ‘Crocodile Dundee’? Oh shit, that sax… That’s what happens: the songs start off sounding like the cheesiest ‘80s makeout crap, and then they do something that spoils it all by infesting my brain via strange bait. Was that an eBow I heard there? See, ‘The Man’s Too Strong’, fingerpick strum yawn fingerpick strum yawn, hey why is my pulse slightly elevated? “BAM BWAMM, bong BAHBONG!” ‘One World’ is maybe the only plain herb track on this. Still listen to it on all playthroughs, as I need respite from the constant weird ambushes. Closing with the title song reeks of pretensions that bubble through an ambitious album: experimental, daring MOR, the latest synths, the latest digital, and songs that confidentially skip and straddle genre, all tied together by that voice, one of the boldest celebrations of regional identity that went platinum. What about that second side, mostly about war? And what about the fact that there are no sides because this was the record that sold CDs as the forever format? Before they started rotting and people noticed the mastering was shit. Returning as an adult to ‘MFN’ and the war songs, I I like the stories, and the hint of fatalistic Nordic saga in them. Knopfler’s mocked vocal dourness has an ancient and mighty North East English lineage. When I started, I found it hard to bring myself to listen to this, and had to listen to ‘Bang Your Head’ by Gravediggaz to fortify myself after hearing the intro to ‘Walk of Life’. I’m not going to write about ‘Walk of Life’. O God, not another 3! Only joking: fuck you, FOUR! Take that, melts!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Too much synth. 2 stars because of The West Wing reference.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
2

Best Song: Your Latest Trick. Rarely do you get an opportunity to listen to a sleazy saxophone solo like this. Worst Song: Money for Nothing. Absolutely everything in this song sounds dated, from the expired references to MTV and colour TVs, to the entirely out-of-pocket use of homophobic slurs. Overall: Overwhelmingly medium music. Nothing very interesting here. Instrumentals are obviously slick, but the vocals are weak and the lyrics stink.

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Mon Dec 12 2022
1

Oh God, I don't want to review Dire Straits. I really don't. Do you ever feel out of sync with the world? When I started at uni in the early years of this century, I was aghast at the number of people (aged 18 to 22, let's not forget) who declared not just a fondness for but almost an idolisation of Dire Straits. I still can't explain it. Surely these are people who you'd expect to have placed significance on coolness? And before you object, just look at that album cover. Pastel pink font? Levitating guitar (although is it being held up by its neck?)? It aims to depict pure guitarness, but lands on the art of guitar as done by a recently divorced dad. So Dire Straits' fanbase baffles me enormously. Mayhap I'm just being prejudiced, and Dire Straits do have merits I choose to overlook. I can recall the specific instance when my antipathy for Dire Straits materialised (I had never liked the music as a kid, but I had never concentrated on Dire Straits either). I was watching TV at 2am during my teenage years, and a cheapo documentary on Mark Knopfler came on, which said his convoluted guitar playing represented a positive rejection of punkish amateurism. I just noticed the overwhelming taste of bile in my mouth. Mark Knopfler as the stalwart knight repelling the throngs of we snotty oiks? What a wanker. Nope, it's not prejudice, Dire Straits are terrible and their fans delude themselves solely because Mark Knopfler can play a guitar a bit. (I feel I should point out that Dire Straits refused to play Apartheid-era South Africa, and donated all their royalties from their South African sales to anti-Apartheid organisations. That should not be insulted. I feel I should also point out that when Dire Straits were inducted into the pointless and unfit-for-purpose Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the great luminary they got to induct them was John Illsley. Since you don't recognise the name, I'll tell you that he was the bassist for Dire Straits. The same year, Bon Jovi was inducted by Howard Stern. I'll leave you to decide which is more shameful.) The album Brothers in Arms is crap. Any discussion of Brothers in Arms should begin with that fact. If you haven't included that sentence in your review, you have failed. It's not difficult. It's a few seconds' worth of typing. A little more typing will produce the following, completely accurate list: it's really boring, it's really pompous, the songs go on far too long, the album goes on far too long, Mark Knopfler's voice never rises above a bad impression of Dylan, the guitar work is ostentatious without being engaging, the production showcases a villains' row of commonplace 80s production atrocities. But to explain the most sizeable flaw of Brothers in Arms, one needs to look at the essence of the album. It's lyrically-driven blues rock with intricate guitar work. There are a million billion such albums released every year, and none of them have been any cop since 1974. So Brothers in Arms is not only poor, it's a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy, with some slick 80s gimmicks to mask the thievery. Now, I'm not one to chastise an artist for stealing, but Knopfler could have nicked something with a bit more vitality. Here's an idea, Mark: your fretwork could actually fit well as a rococo decoration over a motorik beat. Yes, you're still copying, but you'd be copying something we wouldn't expect you to copy, and that's some kind of originalty, I think. Still, if Dire Straits became more interesting, would they stop being Dire Straits? Well, a mate of mine pointed out that John Squire of the Stone Roses seems to have quite the similarity to Knopfler regarding guitartistry. It's not the case that guitar heroes became irredeemably lame; they just became handcuffed to irredeemably lame genres. You can weld together technical proficiency and aesthetic credibility, you know. But no matter the circumstances, I reckon Dire Straits would somehow always just have been crap. NoRadio, signing off.

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Thu Mar 30 2023
1

Dad rock! Can't wait to skim through this to confirm that it sucks! Look at that, it really does suck! I honestly wish you could just skip forward to the next album when trash like this pops up

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

- there is not bad song on this - i want my mtv.....

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Can't belive I haven't listened to the entire album until now.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Yeeees! My favorite guitarist. If I could sell my soul to play like anyone I would chose Knopfler.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

Other than the saxophone on "Your Latest Trick" not aging very well (way too 80's schmaltz), these tracks are all incredibly performed and produced. Trivia: this album was released in the cassette era, but just as CDs and digital audio was just coming of age. This album was touted as "you must own the CD version".

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Tue Jan 16 2024
5

Excellent! Their best since "Making Movies" and probably their Best overall. Chick full oof hits, but actually some of the other (Especially "Why Worry") are Soooo overlooked! Sit back and enjoy. Knofler was genius one this

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

La critique d'aujourd'hui sera un peu particulière dans le sens où elle concernera quasi exclusivement Jim Morrison. Si c'est une critique de Dire Straits que vous cherchez, je vous invite à passer votre chemin. J'ai en effet déniché grâce à de nombreuses recherches à la bibliothèque un certain nombre d'informations confidentielles que j'avais à cœur de partager avec vous. Première information et pas des moindres, Jim Morrison ne serait pas mort à vingt-sept ans comme certaines personnes peuvent le penser mais bien plus tard. Celui-ci aurait en effet simulé sa mort, ce qui lui aurait permis de mettre un terme à sa carrière musicale et d'exercer sa profession de cœur le reste de sa vie, à savoir ingénieur-son/électricien. Faisons maintenant un saut dans le temps et arrêtons-nous le 11 mars 1978. Il est quatorze heures quand Claude François remarque une anomalie dans son système électrique. Il appelle alors un spécialiste et, quelques minutes plus tard, on frappe à la porte. Claude François aperçoit derrière le judas un homme en salopette bleue, et arborant un crayon à papier derrière l'oreille (vous aurez reconnu Jim Morrison). Il lui ouvre. L'homme ramasse alors sa boite à outils et s'en va jeter un œil au circuit électrique. Il débranche alors des câbles, en sectionne quelques-uns, en branche quelques-autres et les emmêle globalement tous, provoquant un court-circuit généralisé dans l'appartement de Claude François, qui lui fait part de son énervement. "Pardon M'sieur François" s'écrie alors Jim Morrison avant de lui proposer un geste commercial. Claude François accepte et lui confie qu'il aurait bien besoin de changer une ampoule de sa salle de bain. Jim Morrison s'y empresse et la remplace par une ampoule de type hélicoïdale à moitié cassée qu'il trouve au fond de sa boîte à outil. "Ça f'ra l'affaire, j'pense…" dit-il en se grattant les fesses avant de se diriger vers la porte d'entrée. Le chanteur lui règle sa facture, les deux hommes se serrent la main et Jim Morrison commence à descendre les escaliers de l'immeuble. Une fois en bas des marches, il reçoit un appel : "Ah c'est vous M'sieur François…" dit-il dans son téléphone. "Comment-ça l'ampoule crépite pendant que vous êtes dans vot' bain ? C'est bizarre, vous avez essayé de l'attraper des deux mains ? Non ? Bah essayez voir." La suite de l'histoire sera relayée par toutes les chaînes d'information et plongera la France dans l'émoi le plus total.

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Tue Jun 06 2023
4

66 of 1001 Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms Favorite Track : Walk of Life Rating : 4.5/ 5 Very good album. 3 big hits that stand out but everything else is pleasing to the ear, as well. Close to a 5, but not quite. Couldn't argue with anyone who thinks it is. Holds up well.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
4

I’ve been listening to the hits pretty often (money for nothing, walk of life etc. ) but had never listened to the whole album. Really liking the different vibes throughout.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
3

Dire Straits are the biggest dad rock band going. This is the album that offers them sweet release on the drive home from work. After all those listens I'm sure it sounds world class. I get the popularity but don't back it. After money for nothing (nb: who knew they'd say faggots that much) and walk of life there's a lot of slow proggy rock, bit of lounge jazz, some ballad-y stuff and a bunch of tacky add ons in the tracks themselves. Ride across the river stood up, then I was pretty bored again. 3.5

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Mon Jun 12 2023
3

The sound of summer '85 in my dad's new Renault 25 (the car that actually spoke to you, kinda like KITT!). Really used to love this - those cool animated guys in the Money For Nothing video, the hilarious sports accidents in the Walk of Life video, the video for the title track that was like the A-ha one but not really, and the generally agreeable other songs that played while I waited for the ones I liked to come back on. What a great summer! Discovered shortly afterwards this was actually Terrible Corporate Boring Wallpaper Music, realized I should hate it, and never listened to it again. Today, I still skew towards the latter but appreciate the craft, at least. Money For Nothing really sucks though, fucking Sting

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Mon Nov 27 2023
2

I thought this would be a pleasant return to an album I played a fair bit as a teenager, but after the first track I remembered I actually don’t like Money For Nothing, and truly despise Walk Of Life. Things didn’t really improve from there I have to say, and am glad I had a chance to sit down with this album again so I could give another reassessment of it. I might have gone round thinking this was an album I liked! Good lord! Fave track: Brothers In Arms

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Thu Nov 30 2023
2

I recognized two songs from the radio, only one of which i knew was by Dire Straits. the rest of the album was slow and felt disjointed, and even though it's fairly short, i kept hoping each song would be the last. definitely didn't seem like it would be THE first record to sell one million CDs. But the power of wanting MTV is great, i guess.

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Wed Dec 27 2023
2

Did not like. Good guitar playing, but little else. Also, Money for Nothing is a gay slur in it multiple times. I know it's of the era, but uncomfortable nonetheless.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
2

I found this mostly pretty boring. Their few hits are OK, the rest I'd rather have skipped.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
1

I thought the 80s were all about cocaine, hedonism and excess. So why is this so boring?! And why was it SO popular?

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Mon Apr 26 2021
1

Maybe it's because I've never been into Mark Knopfler and that kind of music, or maybe it's because Walk of Life just reminds me of old people drinking and cover bands. I really would like to skip this album, but I will make it through, I promised myself. Damn, it's hard. I think that this may be the first one star album...

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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

Not a favorite. Music held no appeal for me.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
1

As tedious as dull as I remembered. Popular does not always relate to quality.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
1

Antiseptic wipes. Mahogany cabinets painted white. An unbuttered baked potato. Quite possibly the longest 50 minutes of my life, listening to this LP. First of all… there’s this great scene in The Simpsons featuring Kenny G, live, and his opening address to the crowd is: ‘Springfield, are you ready to soft rock?!’ I believe the industry itself titles it MOR rock- middle of the road. Neil Young recalled that following the success of 'Harvest,' he found himself in the middle of the road, and decided it was the most dangerous place to be. So, he headed right for the ditch on his next several LPs. (His very next release was the gloriously awful mess of 'Time Fades Away,' with the sloppy drunkenness of 'Tonight’s the Night' soon to follow. Both great LPs, in my opinion.) 'Brother In Arms' was released in May of 1985, a couple of months before I embarked on a major life transition, and one month before I turned 26. And while I had dabbled a bit in punk rock back in the 70s, I was still fairly MOR myself, having not yet discovered amazing groups like Cali’s hardcore Black Flag or the Minutemen, or the awesome sonic waves of Nadja or Sunn O))), or even the free jazz of John (& Alice) Coltrane or Ornette Coleman. That said, though, I do remember enjoying Dire Straits for a hot minute, but then tired of them pretty quickly. Too much radio play, for one thing. If I never hear ‘Money For Nothing’ again for the rest of my life I’ll be ok. Secondly… my biggest beef is that while Mark Knopfler’s guitar is featured on the cover, where is it in the recording? ‘Why Worry’ (George Harrison already expressed this, and much better, on ‘All Things Must Pass’) goes on far too long, and in the absence of a good guitar solo, probably Dire Straits’ strongest component. We finally get a little on ‘Ride Across the River,’ but that goes on too long, too. Same with the remainder of the LP. ‘Can’t get no fancy notes on my blue guitar,’ Knopfler sings on ‘One World.’ Truer words have never been sung. Finally… apparently, 'Brothers In Arms' is one of the best selling LPs of all time!? I feel sorry for the poor saps who purchased the thing on the basis of the 2 big hits- ‘Money For Nothing’ and ‘Walk Of Life,’ both upbeat and playful tunes. And Dire Straits looked like they were having a lot of fun playing them live when I saw their videos. But that’s where the fun ends. The remainder of the LP is dark and tedious. Actually, they’re not even really that dark (thematically, yes; lyrically, musically, no) nearly as much as they are tedious. OK, so it was one of the first LPs recorded on a Sony 24-track digital machine. No hiss, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, not much soul either. I’ll take Dead Kennedys’, 'Holiday In Cambodia'- which quality-wise kinda sounds like shit, but also has passion just spraying out the same ass- any day over 'Brothers In Arms.' In fact, the Dead Kennedys actually were brothers in arms against censorship, and fought it hard. What battles have Dire Straits ever fought, beside their defense of the misunderstood lyric, ‘The little faggot, he’s a millionaire’? (For the record, Knopfler was quoting some knucklehead at a bar commenting about some musician he saw on MTV.) Keep this LP so far away from me, please.

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Tue May 31 2022
1

So I like smooth music, and I have a plenty of time for 80s/90s cheese, but really this album was too much. I'll run it through again tomorrow to make sure, but I cannot understand why this was so popular. Bland, bland, some unnecessary gay slurs, bland, bland, bland.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
1

I'd forgotten how slow this album is

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Wed Aug 17 2022
1

I don't understand... do people actually LIKE Dire Straits? I thought they were mostly a punchline, not like... a serious thing that people were into. This album definitely doesn't make me think that they're anything more than a sad joke. The music is mediocre. Like aggressively middle-of-the-road. And the lyrics are... well, at best they're cloyingly saccharine. At worst, these songs are actively bigoted. It's almost as though Dire Straights were into Springsteen but felt that he didn't push his ultra-macho, white, working-class agenda hard enough. "Money For Nothing" in particular just didn't age well. The whole thing reeks like a balding boomer day-drunk on wine coolers desperately trying to convince people he's cool still. Also there's a whole song that's basically an extended saxophone solo. Hard no. The more l listened, the more I hated this whole experience.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
1

Guitar George may know all the chords, but he has fuck all idea what to do with them on this album. Pretty undistinguished 80s fm rock clogging up the airwaves for most of the decade. I did like the longer instrumentals, and the two singles are fine. But this is just a seriously dull listen.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
1

This was a chore to listen to

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Sat Nov 12 2022
1

Dire Straits is what you'll be in if you came to this album looking for something that doesn't suck

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Tue Mar 07 2023
1

Honestly just boring and couldn’t wait for it to be over. This album is dire and I’m just surprised about how many people love it when a ten year old could come up with half of the riffs in this album

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Fri Mar 10 2023
1

*groan* Dad rock. This was rough to listen. I thought I would be pleasantly surprised with lead track and UK single "So Far Away," but that was as good as it ever got. "Money for Nothing" is a rough listen because of not one, not two, but three F-slurs in the second verse. I've heard "Walk of Life" many a time in my youth, I could go without it now. The rest is mostly pop rock elevator music. No.

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Sat Apr 29 2023
1

Very dull, considerably worse than self-titled.

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Fri May 12 2023
1

Rare that an album has this many skips. The whole thing sounds cheap, like a band of middle aged dads that would play your local watering hole during Sunday happy hour in exchange for a few free beers. I give em 1. 🍺

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Sat Aug 26 2023
1

Saving grace of this one was the instrumentals other than that the lyrics were terrible and dated. And the album went on for way too long.

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Thu Oct 19 2023
1

Some nice guitar here and there. Not a huge fan of the vocals. 1.5/5

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Sun Nov 05 2023
1

Oh man I do not vibe with this sound at all. A word that popped in my head on the first song was "corny", and I think that describes this album well. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe a lot of this was meant to be tongue in cheek, but if that's the case at least give us some interesting song stucture. Like Money for Nothing has ABSOLITELY NO reason for being 8 minutes long. I love long jammy songs, but this song goes absolutely nowhere with the same repeating boring guitar riff front and center the whole time. We're also blessed with genius lyrics like "See the little faggot with the earring and the make-up? Yeah buddy, that's his own hair That little faggot got his own jet airplane That little faggot, he's a millionaire". I understand this song is from the perspective of some record exec, but its really just lazy writing man. There's also so many irritating sounds througout this album, the guitar tones are genuinely ear grating throughout. I actually looked this album up because in my mind it is remembered quite fondly culturally. I was rather surprised to find some quite scathing reviews on its initial release. I'm quotting one here because it sums up exactly how I felt better than I can really: "tritest would-be melodies in history, the last word in tranquilising chord changes, the most cloying lonesome playing and ultimate in transparently fake troubador sentiment ever to ooze out of a million-dollar recording studio". Just really not for me.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
1

A little too poppy to be considered rock, imo

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Tue Feb 13 2024
1

some fun songs but wouldn’t really return to this i don’t think

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Sat Feb 17 2024
1

The intro to some of these songs is solid, but every song is over produced and about twice as long as it needs to be if it needs to exist at all. Lowlight: There were a lot of songs on this I disliked, but Why Worry being as bad as it is and as long as it is offends me.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Great guitar but much more jazzy and soulful than I was expecting.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Det finnes ikke nok stjerner å gi.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album, the simplistic music and the beautiful lyrics just transported me back in time. Much needed to forget 2020. :-p

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

This album was already one of my favourite however I have not listened to it for awhile before this. It retains its wonderful combination of soulful guitar mixed with rocky purpose and combines it into a timeless mix.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Fantastic album. One of my all time favorite and with a lot of childhood memories.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Great album, I liked this much better than the first album. Really liked the incorporation of other instruments

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Your latest trick - cool saxophone, remember from somewhere possibly

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

6 Må være i enhver plate/ strømmeliste.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

A beautiful album that brings back a lot of great memories.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Creo que era el único (?) que no conocía nada a Dire Straits, a juzgar por la cantidad de reproducciones que tienen en Spotify. O eso creo. Igual, me gustó mucho, disfruté el eclecticismo: hay ondas medio punk, country, medio instrumentales, tirándole a jazz de pronto, y claro, rock. Sus canciones largas están como muy bien organizadas, aunque de pronto me hubiera gustado que un par duraran menos. Igual, sin skips, a gusto todo, no puse mucha atención a las letras. Mi fav: "Money for Nothing". Un final un tanto melancólico con la canción titular, pero igual, creo que me queda. 9.5/10

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Some great DS hits on this one like Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, and So Far Away. Knofler just killing it everywhere. A few more mellow/clean tunes too.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Buen disco. Bastantes canciones lentas.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Els Dire Straits, en general, ni fu ni fa. Però aquest disc és or, de dalt a abaix. Gairebé perfecte, ple de temes inoblidables, amb una extenuant "Walk of life" que esdevé la pitjor cançó del disc, per esgotament de tant escoltar-la durant tants anys a festes majors i bars. "Your latest trick" i "Brothers in arms" són les meves preferides, immortals. Encara avui, casi 40 anys després, segueix sonant actual i empatic, aclaparador.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

A delicious 80s pop record. Every song is a delight. One of best pop records in the 80s.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

De los primeros vinilos que me compré. Lo escuché infinitas veces.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Dá uma leve caída entre Why Worry e Ride Across the River, mas de resto é só música muito boa

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Really good album. I love the saxaphone song

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Classic album that I loved. Favourite track: Money for nothing

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Absolute BANDGER always was going to be a 5* from me. Love Dire Straits but possibly never an album start to finish, but this did not disappoint

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

This is a classic beyond classics. All killer mo filler! Love it.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

So excited this was one of my favorite albums in high school. Probably haven’t listened to the album from beginning to end in over 20 years. The opening to “Money For Nothing” still gives me chills. “Walk of Life” makes everything seem better. But it is the rest of the album that I’m glad to hear again. “You’re Latest Trick.“ “The Man’s Too Strong” should be heard in the context of the album. And how the hell have I made it through the last 5 years without listening to “Why Worry?” “Brothers In Arms” - a perfect closing. Just sat in silence for a while after it ended. This reminds me why I have to get back to listening to albums again.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

A favorite from back in the day

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

This took me back to my college days, as it was one of the very first albums I had on DVD, and I would listen to it over and over again,

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Sun Oct 03 2021
5

5/5 quoi dire de plus. A écouter peut importe vos goûts en musique. Un cclassique

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

I loved this album when I first hear it in the 80’s and still love it now. The clarity of the guitar in so far away, the sax in your latest trick and Knopflers gravelly vocals throughout. Ride the river, man’s too strong and one world don’t seem to really fit in the album, they’re good tracks but seem to be a bit of an afterthought. Definitely one of my all time top 30 albums

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

Easily in my Top 10 bands of all time and has a shit load of huge classics at the top but does lose a bit of its momentum at the back end. Five stars anyway for THE greatest intro of all time on Money For Nothing. Who comes up with that shit. Also never knew that it was Sting singing it.

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