I think I found my misophonia album
What a masterpiece, genius guitar work, never in your face but always present, great atmosphere
unbelievably strong start, but it kinda lost me in the second half. i still loved this album, though.
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"
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.
Too much synth. 2 stars because of The West Wing reference.
Great album that brings back memories of listening to it when I was a little kid.
So many classics that I often forget are Dire Straits
Good album! But man why did he have to use the f*g slur >:( not cool, dude. Ugh 4 stars.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Knopfler bae
Great guitar but much more jazzy and soulful than I was expecting.
Det finnes ikke nok stjerner å gi.
Great album, the simplistic music and the beautiful lyrics just transported me back in time. Much needed to forget 2020. :-p
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.
Fantastic album. One of my all time favorite and with a lot of childhood memories.
Great album, I liked this much better than the first album. Really liked the incorporation of other instruments
Your latest trick - cool saxophone, remember from somewhere possibly
6 Må være i enhver plate/ strømmeliste.
A beautiful album that brings back a lot of great memories.
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
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.
Buen disco. Bastantes canciones lentas.
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.
A delicious 80s pop record. Every song is a delight. One of best pop records in the 80s.
De los primeros vinilos que me compré. Lo escuché infinitas veces.
- there is not bad song on this - i want my mtv.....
Dá uma leve caída entre Why Worry e Ride Across the River, mas de resto é só música muito boa
Can't belive I haven't listened to the entire album until now.
Yeeees! My favorite guitarist. If I could sell my soul to play like anyone I would chose Knopfler.
Riiiiiight these mufukas made sultans of swing
Really good album. I love the saxaphone song
Classic album that I loved. Favourite track: Money for nothing
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
This is a classic beyond classics. All killer mo filler! Love it.
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.
A favorite from back in the day
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,
5/5 quoi dire de plus. A écouter peut importe vos goûts en musique. Un cclassique
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
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.
This is my 'first' album. Does that factor into the score , probably, do I care, not really.
Absolutely great album!
Great album, not new to me, love every song there
5 stars - thats all!!!
Lots of hits. Even the ones I didn't know were pretty good.
Classic in ever sense. No filler in this album. Mark Knopfler does his thing on guitar. The only weakness would be his singing.
Would have been a 10, but its missing Sultans and Romeo and Juliet
This album is soooooo good. I enjoyed every single song on here except one, which is Money For Nothing, but I've never liked that song that much. But it's a classic, and it won't take my score down from less than a five. Highlights: So Far Away, Walk Of Life, Your Latest Trick, Why Worry?
Knopfler is a king.
I wore this album out on my turntable freshman year of college. Such a great album. The thing I think is most interesting about this album is that every track is completely unique, and yet the whole album is cohesive. Money for Nothing and Walk of Life were the big hits, and they're great songs, but for me it's the closing title track that is the all-time classic. The silky smooth guitar and the heartbreaking lyrics get me every time. 4.5 stars, rounding up to 5.
Absolutely awesome! One or two songs sound so 80s they border on pastiche, but still enjoyable. Title track, walk of life, latest trick, so far away, and of course, money for nothing are all-timers. What an album.
A perfect album. Mixed perfectly, too. The synth has even aged well. Impressive. Truly a work of art.
One of my most favourite albums of all time, and it still sounds brilliant all these years later.
This album feels like an instant classic - thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cool! A sound its I hearded when I was young...
I love this album and spent some happy teenage hours working out the sax part of Latest Trick and playing along. My least favorite song is Money for Nothing, mostly I think from overexposure and a terrible video; otherwise this album is perfect. In fact, I'm going to listen again right now.
Of its time but one of the best of its time. Pop rock with a mastery over both parts of the genre
Despite the album dropping off in the second half, there isn't anything wrong with this. All except The Man's Two Strong and One World are fantastic and even the mentioned lesser tracks are decent. Money for Nothing was the one I knew before but really came away liking So Far Away and Your Latest Trick. A classic album
I'm slightly biased on this one because most of the album features in one of my favourite live recordings of all time (Live in Sydney 1986) and I do think a few of the slower songs work better in a live context. That said I do still love this album and it has at least 4 of my fave Dire Straits tracks on it. The artwork is iconic too.
The Album's Too Strong
03/08/2022 Great album. So many childhood memories flashed back of driving around with my dad with the windows down and the warm summer sun. Nice to remember the good times.
allez ca rechiale
5 étoiles en skippant walk of life
It is a perfect album from start to finish. 5/5.
An old favorite. Good to listen to it again.
"Brothers in Arms" is a very definitive pop rock album from the eights, with a collection of hit compositions, molded by Mark Knopfler's guitar. You can't talk about the mid eighties without citing "So Far Away", "Money for Nothing", "Walk of Life" and "Your Latest Trick", the first four tracks on this records - quite an opener. Lirically, songs tackle themes like the perception of the working class and the stupidity of militarism, but there are also love songs - written in a very iconic Dire Straits way, full of metaphors. It's a very complex album, almost minimalistic in the amount of details that you can find while listening to it, and it never gets old (except when the lyrics cite MTV as a music television or uses the world 'faggot', two things that got very and poorly old).
Várias músicas que eu já conhecia e não sabia o nome Todas sensacionais. 5/5
A really easy-listening classic. Knoplfler- with his barnstormer yet calming guitar licks really make it. They don’t try to overdo it or complicate things
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.
1985, what a year! And Mark Knopfler is still rocking!
Ooh I liked the other dire straits album… The album opens with the song so far away a rip roaring bass line that suddenly gets overshadowed by the poppy guitars and singing. While I wouldn’t call this band a “ proper pop” group this is much poppier than I’ve had before. It’s good though decent lyrics and well produced. Following this is the song money for nothing it starts slowly with the repetition of “ I want my mtv” for just over a minute, it slowly feeds into an electronic rock sound by what I think it seems to be a song about tv consumerism it’s good though just the intro was a little unnecessary. Walk of life ( like sultans of swing on the self titled) is a song that I only recognised by the synth bit, it’s a good enough song though pretty much an old style rock and roll song with a synth line layered over it. Good song! The first minute of Your latest trick (like the spotify image) is slow and gloomy then after that minute it forms into a slower “ jazzier” track with the saxophone throughout. It’s a good song but the saxophone isn’t one of my favourite instruments but it’s the key instrument to the song and without it the song would feel empty. Why worry, kinda sounds hopeful in a way like all of the gloominess of your latest trick is gone. It would seen like an afterthought of that song but it’s 8 minutes long, a time stamp when executed well is awesome and while it’s good it just feels like a 5 minuter, it’s still beautiful and a brilliant sonic though. Side two starts with ride across the river and it’s tribal drumming and flute work. The lyrics aren’t my favourite but this is still a great song just primarily for the fact that it shows verity of the sounds portrayed in this album and how different it is to the previous 5. The man’s too strong follows on well from the last track it’s much folkier than the others, Until it explodes in the chorus this would have easily been my least favourite but as it progresses the song shows a true epic-ness that the other songs don’t portray as strongly! One world almost feels like disco blues quite cool to be fair, it’s the most similar to the poppieness of the first three songs but still has a cool enough groove to make it special. Also the spotify artwork is really awesome and fitting to these songs. The album closes off with the title track it’s sorta a blend of the thunderous sounds of the man’s too strong and the gloominess of your latest trick. It turns into this slow emotional closer apparently an anti war song sung by a solider it’s a really good song! I recommend going through spotify on the initial listen for this as for the most part it shows the story each song tells and for every song it has a short clip for it. Wow two 5’s in two days ( the other one was Screamidelica) that’s cool!
Track 2 and 3 are golden
Bra grejer ändå, ganska basic men men
4/5. Mellow with deep guitar and manly vibes, with some oldie rock bops. Listen while drinking scotch and playing a quiet game of pool.
fuck its good. intsrumental . nice chill.
This album is good
Great album.starts off strong, lots of 80s vibes in there. Gets a little weaker in the middle to the end but still a quality album.
Cool. Some of it reminds me of a poppier/more rounded out version of Bob Dylan.
Oh hell yes! A classic 80s guitar rock album
Nice and varied, money for nothing to walk of life is a stellar 1-2
Enough crackers to give it a 4.
It surprised me. For an album that is older than I am, it had songs that seeméd pretty modern
Singing sometimes awkward, but great guitar parts
Way better than expected
i didn't think i would like it this much truthfully
A classic, but I still like the self-titled better. Sting vocals and the outdated lyrics and kind of silly.
Side 1 is perfect. Side 2 is good.
Great easy-going feel with an easy folksy transition to 80s rock.
Solid album, start to finish. Not my favorite Dire Straits album, but enjoyable to listen to time after time.
Great rock album, solid singles.
Really enjoyed The Mans Too Strong. I don't know if I'm a dire straits kind of person, but it was a nice album.
liked it. good vibes
My dad had this, on vinyl, back then. Listening now, I'm very impressed by the quality of the recording. I also like the dis on MTV, which they co-opted and ran with. I'd say that this is better than "meh", but not "life-altering".
Pretty good all around. I didn't know that Walk of Life was theirs. 8/10.
Saxophone surprised me. Otherwise, went as expected. Cool throughout, 4.
Nice chilly vibes
Flashbrega muito bom, ouvirei mais vezes. Melhores: So Far Away, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, Ride Across the River. Pior: Why Worry?
Fantastic album, no filler songs at all.
A classic. The video for Money for Nothing is seared into my brain. But the title track is by far my favorite Dire Straits track. It's a perfect anti-war song. It's not a coincidence the song is used in every movie.
So Far Away" Released: April 1985 "Money for Nothing" Released: June 1985 "Brothers in Arms" Released: October 1985 "Walk of Life" Released: November 1985 "Your Latest Trick" Released: April 1986
Pues agradable pero no es para mi.
few of the best singles of all time. few shite fillers. a bit dated. but, for the anthems alone it gets 7.1/10
really good rock
Remaster cd is excellent sound quality
I dig some Dire Straits. Often a good reminder for me to spin the Cramps.
I like the sound of this. It's a little quieter than I normally like, so maybe it's the Aussie accents? Who knows, but I think it'll get a 4.
4/5 there are some amazing songs in this album
Not sure if this is a perfect album but it is quite superb with a mixture of light rock, pop, country rock, rock n roll, powerful slow tunes. Very listenable.
I spent summer 1985 on a farm in Israel. This album was the soundtrack (while not watching Live Aid). Will always have a special place in my music.
Ach ja. Ist ja doch irgendwie wichtig und mit Abstand gehört auch besser als man eigentlich zugeben will
Both biting in its satire and inconceivably funky, especially the hit single "Money for Nothing"!
Starts of strong, but some songs on the 2nd half are either too long or too stale. Closing track is fantastic.
I'm a big fan of Mark Knopfler in general. I probably haven't listened to this album from start to finish since the 90s, but I have probably listened to half of the tracks on this album within the last 6 months. "Brothers in Arms" might be my favorite track on the album. I would listen to this album again (4.5 stars)
Excellent Guitar from one of the best ever.
Pretty good album of guitar riffs and classic rock songs. Some of the songs get creative and pull inspiration from other genres. Longer songs that don’t feel too long. 7.6/10
Bra album med många bangers Bästa låtar: Money for Nothing Walk of Life One World Brothers in Arms
Liked it a lot. Enjoyable, fun, songs that are easy to listen to. Highlights: Your latest trick, money for nothing, walk of life.
Favourite songs- So Far Away, Walk of Life, The Man's too Strong. The stones that drag this record down for me are Money for Nothing and Ride Across the River. Every other song was amazing.
Buen disco, buena música, buen grupo y canciones míticas.
Seriously impressive range and song craft on this album. Some of their biggest hits are here, and the B-tracks are interesting in totally different ways.
I was surprised by this - I didn't think the first track was all that great, and then I knew Money for Nothing was going to be excellent but again, after that there were one or two average tunes. But as the album went on I found myself checking the names of most of the tracks on this thing and saving them to my liked songs... A really good combo of great guitar riffs/solos, interesting progressions, and the use of other noises and instruments to add to the scope of the tunes. Might have been a 5/5 for me if not for the couple of duds
I have a bit of a soft spot for Dire Straits. I'm fully aware that they were already very unimaginative at the time and are pretty much "elevator background rock" by today's standards. Basically inoffensive radio filler tracks. Yet, even though they don't do all that much, they just do it really well. This isn't my favorite album by theirs, too ballad-heavy. A 3.5 where I might rate their others 4.0 or even 4.5. Still, rounded up to a 4.
Money for Nothin has a guitar riff for the ages and is an absolute classic, and the title track is a masterpiece. The standout tracks on this are incredible, but the album as a whole is a thing of beauty. As smooth and atmospheric as anything you’ll hear, a really rewarding listen if you let yourself go with it.
8/2 Couple timeless tracks on here. Standout Tracks: So Far Away, Your Latest Trick, Why Worry, Ride Across The River, The Man's Too Strong
Couple of famous songs.
Not sure how I've gone so long without hearing this album. I've heard money for nothing and walk of life while being out and about. I think it's incredibly well done, and absolutely love the vocals and instrumentation. The writing is really solid too.
My least favourite Dire Straits albums, certainly when compared to its 4 predecessors. Over the years I grew warm to its more mellow, jazzy (?), sound; yet I cannot forgive its original sin.
i enjoyed their music more than o thought! i thought it was nice and good length
Great stuff. There was a couple of times where it went on a bit but it was a banger.
Pretty classic Dad-rock. So Far Away from me and Money for nothing, and Walk of Life should be pretty recognizable to most people. After the singles to open the album it gets into some more slow jams with some jazzy undertones. Wasn't as into these, I think the Singles were popular for a reason but the other tunes weren't great. Their instrumentals remind me a lot of the background music to an 80s movie like 3 Men and a Baby.
Nice guitar solo, relaxing chords and vocal that album feels like cuteness and cozy rock
pretty good :) realised i had been listening to radio version of money for nothing before now lol
Oh hell yea. So Far Away is actually a great opener, Money For Nothing stuffs you right in the face with its hook in the most pleasant way, and Walk Of Life keeps it breezy and honky tonky. Your Latest Trick and Why Worry tread some pretty slow, cheeseball synth footsteps. Also Why Worry takes about a million years for noodling. docking a star for that. The Man's Too Strong is a great tune and doesn't get the respect it merits. Brothers In Arms is a little overly saccharine for me
Brilliant. Any album with Money for Nothing on it is one for the ages. Your Latest Trick also has that incredibly recognisable sax intro/coda on it by Michael Brecker
lækkert pop/bluesrock, catchy, velkendt
klasse album, ikke deres bedste, men tæt på
Klaaaaasikker. Der er twang og vibes hele vejen! Knopfler er genial!
22. Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits. 9 tracks. Better than expected. Forget that they are not "cool". This is brilliant. So close to 5/5. Leaving Brothers in Arms until the last track is an interesting choice but works so well. Again, this is a proper "album". 4/5
some classic songs on here
Dire Straits are good. Lots of interesting stylistic shifts. Even some latin flavour on a song or two. Mark Knopfler is one of the smoothest most tasteful guitarists to ever massage a fret board. And he's an excellent songwriter. Very nice album that deserves more attention than I paid it. 4 stars
If I ever needed reminding that I was a teenage Tory, then this is it. In my defence, my location and surroundings made this more or less inevitable. At my school, the furthest left anyone would have been would have been fair bit to the right of, say, Bill Clinton. (Some of us who relocated Stateside would have enthusiastically voted for him in 1992. And I'm not saying that this is (necessarily) a bad thing, but, you know. Youth. Radical politics. etc. Not on our register). it holds up pretty well. Some absolute AOR (to borrow an Americanism) classics here, like The Man's Too Strong. And, I mean, this was more cutting edge than Christopher Cross. And in the somewhat privileged West African milieu I inhabited back in the day, guitar Rock was a fucking radical thing to enjoy. (Note. Yes, I listened to Police, and Prince, and Depeche Mode, and the Pet Shop Boys, and Kraftwerk, in 1985. Favourites then, still favourites now.) (Also in my defence. Brothers in Arms was a gateway drug to Def Leppard, then Metallica, then Anthrax, then Industrial, then Einstürzende Neubaten, then Nick Cave etc etc. No, not a gateway drug to REO Speedwagon and Journey. Anyway, just saying that some good did come out of this album for me, via one of my many make-your-own-adventure musical lifetimes .)
from the first few notes of the first song i was already swinging with the music. As the album continued, each song was consistently good. The guitar on the album is insane. The first half of the album is definitely stronger than the last half, but overall a great classic album.
more sexy sax than I've ever heard in a dire straits song before but enjoyed the album
Dire Straits are such an odd band to me - a lot of talent, but inconsistent. Their good stuff sounds like Gordon Lightfoot mixed with blue eyed soul and their bad stuff sounds like cheesy solo John Fogerty. And then there's Money for Nothing, one of the most overplayed songs in classic rock radio history. It might have been good at one point, but it winds up really throwing the tone of this album all out of whack. Once you get to the deep cuts, though, this album really gets good. Your Latest Trick sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack to Law & Order... it's a great arrangement... until you get to that cheesy saxophone. Some mixing changes might have saved it, but it winds up sounding very 80s in a bad way. Why Worry? has some nice little synth licks that hint at the band's proggier Telegraph Road. Ride Across the River is a straight banger. It kind of sounds like the soundtrack to some 16 bit video game's jungle night level in the best way possible. The Man's Too Strong has a strong Western vibe with a hint of apocalyptic folk a la Great Annihilator-era Swans. One World's not bad either, although the slap bass dates it a bit. The guitar does some heavy lifting here. The album ends with the moody synth swell of the title track, a song that was destined to be played during a pivotal scene in The Americans. This was one of my mother's favorite albums, and it has a lot of emotional pull for me - both negative and positive, nostalgia and rebellion. Listening through it, if it didn't have Money for Nothing and Walk of Life, it would be almost a five star album for me. As it stands, with those two tracks on it, it will wind up a three or (more likely) a four. Before I relistened to it, I wouldn't have ranked it quite that high, but like I said, the deep cuts on this album have a lot of fantastic elements, many of which I forgot.
Album full of class music......and Walk of Life
Better than I was expecting.
Sounds amazing, among one of the best production efforts of the decade. Sets itself apart from the crowd of arena hard rock by being softer yet still appealing to the pop audience. There were soft rock bands still out there, but they were never nearly as big or good as this. Utilizes synths appropriately, distinctively 80s, but not excessively. The guitar is clearly at the front, never crazy but pairs well with the mellow instruments and vocals to make for a soothing experience. "Money for Nothing" is one of my favorite songs of the decade. From the atmospheric opening, to the memorable guitar intro, the synth effects, the harmonious vocals, and the lyrical perspective of a middle-aged laughing stock. "Walk of Life" is another song I grew up with, kinda country or rockabilly sounding, very optimistic. "Your Latest Trick" and "Why Worry" makes me wish I had a surround system; they're smooth and very like 80s pop. "Ride Across the River" is the underrated gem here, sounding like the jungle level of a video game. Really, there aren't any bad tracks on this album.
There is only one correct way to listen to Brothers In Arms. It is the mid-1980s. You are a man in your early 40s. You have just bought a new compact disc player. The salesman at the hi-fi store demonstrated it by playing the Brothers In Arms CD and it sounded amazing so you bought a copy. DDD, all-digital, every step of the way. You have set up your new CD player and put on the Dire Straits CD. You can't believe how crystal clear it sounds, how rich and pure. It is as if the Knopfler bros and co are directly beaming into your brain. You get chills, multiple times. "Money For Nothing" makes you feel like a bad-ass. "Walk of Life" makes you nostalgic for your youth. "Your Latest Trick" makes you feel... things. And the title track makes you cry on the inside. This is what the future sounds like. There is no going back. The mighty compact disc is here to stay.
Super album van een super band
Good but a little mellow 4
All time favorites seldom disappoint
The first and third songs drag a little bit, but the second sends us off to the races and there's lots else to like. I was familiar with more than I knew. The guitar work is great, and while the style is whelming, the compositions are worked to interesting lengths in each case.
A little corny but I still really enjoy this album. 8/10 1. Walk of Life 2. Brothers in Arms 3. Your Latest Trick
One heck of a fun album until the final closing track which seems to come from a higher plane. Remarkable
Not too shabby for some dad rock. The occasional slow songs aren't my flavor though
A classic. Fun to listen to with singles like Money for Nothing and Walk of Life. Favorite song: Money for Nothing
Never listened to a dire straits album before! Excited to finally be able to say I did!
Great album, other than the three mega-hits, I enjoyed "your latest trick" and "ride across the river"
I first heard Dire Straits as a freshman in college. Great sound. Mark Knopfler has a very strong and unique voice. His guitar skills are top notch. The other instrumentals on this album are also high level. The first 3 songs were very popular and are the most familiar. The rest of them are unique. Although some do get a bit slow at times. Nice to hear again after many years.
Didn’t listen as intently as I did with the previous two albums but this was overall a decent album with some good songs to have a lazy Sunday to.
Pues los tres primeros temas son legendarios, luego se desinfla un poco pero mantiene un nivel aceptable y acaba x todo lo alto. Perfectamente podria ser mas corto el álbum, porque canciones como Why Worry se alargan demasiado. Mmm no se, esta guapo.
I've listened to this maybe once in my life before now so wasn't sure what to expect beyond the hits. Happy to report that the rest of the album is pretty decent - side A is great. Nearly every track could arguably be shorter but overall it's solid stuff. Interesting to read that it got panned on release (though this was partly for sounding the same as previous DS albums, which I'm not in a position to judge... yet. I'm sure the generator will enlighten me in time.)
Far more atmospheric than I thought. A couple of great tracks and other good musical experiences. Mark Knopfler is a true troubadour.
Really unexpected beyond the singles I had heard but I really enjoyed it.
Did not realize Walk of Life was a Dire Straits song until today. Much more of a diverse album than Money for Nothing would indicate. Favorite tracks are Ride Across the River and One World
Mark Knopfler's songwriting skills cannot be overstated. Obviously the guy can shred like nobody's business, but he has just as strong of an ear for hooks and melody. Even songs that seem as simple and quiet as "Why Worry" have a couple little surprises that make them stand out. But what really make an impact are when Knopfler and co go big, like when he turns up the guitar in "The Man's Too Strong" or the all-timer riff on "Money for Nothing". It's funny that I keep mentioning the guitar work on this album, because this is otherwise quite synth-heavy. I personally preferred the band's earlier work which focused more on Knopfler's passion for blues and jazz. There are still hints of that here, but you can otherwise hear plenty of compromises for the MTV era, ie all of "Walk of Life", which I understand is beloved by many, but I've never been able to stomach. But when the band goes all out, they really hit. The last two songs, "One World" and the title track, I think are near-perfect, and I would have loved if the whole album sounded like those. Still, this is a fun 80's classic, one I enjoy coming back to even if it's hardly a first choice. B
Liked this quite a lot actually. Start out fantastically with 3 back to back bangers with great guitar and synth work. Stumbles a little with some of the softer material (namely "Your Latest Trick", "Why Worry?") and even though Knopfler's vocals aren't exactly amazing, his guitar playing certainly is.
Dire Straits has such an easily-dated sound, but captures some of the best of what came out of 80's pop music. I love Mark Knoppfler's voice and guitar playing. The hook for "Money for Nothing" is maybe the most iconic guitar riff from my entire childhood; that song will never be played out for me. "Walk of Life" has an organ riff and boogie-woogie guitar combo that is near impossible to not bop my head to. "Ride of the River" has almost an Oingo Boingo-like lead in with the various synths, percussion and horns. Some of the slower songs are instantly forgettable, but the album ends pretty strong with "Brother in Arms".
A classic !
Better than I remembered
Love it. Good amount of hits. Always thought sultans of swing was on this one but apparently not.
Some WILD saxophone stuff on Your Latest Trick. Lots of good songs though.
Frustré par la fin de la dernière track. Genre j'étais en plein kiff et là fade out sans crier gare... Avec 2 minutes de solo en plus et une vraie fin, c'était 5.
Audio semolina. What's not to like?
Oh Mark Knopfler, what a guitar hero he is and do you know who one of his guitar heroes is.... Hank B Marvin of the Shadows! Amazing the influences that have made some of the best pop-rock of all time. I first heard of Dire Straits when the NME reported of one of their early gigs in Deptford at a pub that was late 70's early 80's (Sultans of Swing era) next thing I am watching them on this Albums tour at Wembley Empire Pool and who did Mark bring on as special guest with them for a couple of songs.... none other than Hank B Marvin! A great pop/rock album, they were masters of MOR rock and this is a prerequisite for any pop/rock collection. Love "Money For Nothing" (with Sting on backing vocals) "So Far Away" "Walk Of Life" (Listen to Hank and the Shadows influence here) "Your Latest Trick" and the title track "Brothers in arms" all pop/rock magic. Love the album, in my personal collection already. Rightfully on the list as far as I am concerned.
they obviously sold out, made millions and there's a couple of poorer tracks but fuck me, the big hits are timeless
I really like the vibe of dire straits and a lot of this was great, but even so sometimes this fades into the background. Brothers in Arms is a BANGIN closer.
You can tell what the good songs are vs the filler. Highs are high, lows are meh
When I bought this album when it was first released, I was so anxious to hear it I zoomed home to play it! Unfortunately disappointment, the opening track, So Far Away skipped on the turntable and without listening to the rest, I immediately exchanged it for another...then it happened again...anyways, third time was a charm! The opening three songs were amazing and most of the album as a whole was good, but it started to lose me towards the end. Dire Straits most commercially successful album and their last great record, but in my opinion, not their best. It still brings back memories of happier times of playing records, reading the liner notes, listening with headphones in your parents house and avoiding music videos. :)
What was Josh Lyman, a warning shot? That was my son.
4/5 4/05/22 That was a fun album to listen to, it had some well-known songs I didn't know was from this album. It was soft and chill, with emphasis on different instruments for each song which made each stand out from each other, making it quite unique.
Great album, however I'm not a big fan of Dire Straits. All of my beloved songs are in this album.
one of the all time best rock albums
I don't get it. I read a lot of reviews, trying to understand it, and the consensus seems to be that this is their best album. For me, it's a million miles away from their self-titled album, and they moved in the wrong direction. Best track: So Far Away
Also a bit meh. Wasn't anything special music-wise in my opinion.
Didn’t listen to all of it but I enjoyed it.
Good album. Not really blown away but it was enjoyable. Two hits I recognized immediately. Really dug the title track.
No esperaba otro disco de los Dire Straits. Siento que este es mucho menos dinámico que su debut, pero también tiene un par de cosas legendarias. Siento que la primera mitad es muy buena y luego la segunda parte se vuelve un tanto plana. 'Walk of Life' me gusta mucho (y es lo que le gana la tercera estrella). De 'Money for Nothing', pensé que la voz que suena como a Sting era una especie de parodia y hoy descubrí que no, Sting de hecho está en la grabación.
Las únicas 2 canciones que conocía del disco son las únicas movidas, todo lo demás es lento pero escuchando las letras todo tiene sentido. Supongo está en la lista por todo el trasfondo y no solo por walk of life o money for nothing (chiks por free, baby quiero queso roñoso)
Walk of life is dope lol
There's some real beauty in this album. Noodling doesn't always do it for me, however tracks like 'Why Worry' and 'So Far Away' really surprised me.
Ok outside of hits. Very 80s
It's a little too country for me, but there are a couple of good songs. 2.75
Not my style
3.5 | Muy distinto al primer disco de ellos que nos tocó, pero igualmente muy muy agradable. Creo lo que más me sorprende es la temática del disco, nunca lo había escuchado completo y la primer mitad parece hablar de relaciones y descontento social y toda la segunda mitad son canciones sobre la guerra. No se si entiendo el concepto pero las canciones con letras en general buenas y con sentido. Esperaba también que fuera mucho más movido, resulta que las dos canciones que conocía son realmente las únicas dos movidas (Money for Nothing y Walk of Life), y aunque son dos canciones muy buenas y el resto del disco baja muchísimo de tempo y tonalidad, todas esas canciones tranquilas también son bastante buenas. Mucha instrumentación muy variada, obviamente mucho sintetizador, sin quitar el central de la guitarra siempre. Excelente bajo y batería, saxofones, trompetas, sonidos hasta rayando en un caso en el folk (The Man's Too Strong). Muy disfrutable aunque lo que siento lo detiene de ser excelente es que a veces se siente un poquito sobreproducido, indulgente o poco moderado... varias canciones estan en la raya de ser demasiado largas (de hecho SON demasiado largas, es un logro que no se vuelvan TAN molestas), ese intro de sax larguísimo esta de más... detalles de ese tipo que se sienten como si Mark Knopfler no hubiera tenido ningún freno o alguien que le editara un poquito. No lo hace mal disco pero si se siente un poco exagerado a ratos. PD. El mejor descubrimiento Ride Across the River suena perfectamente a soundtrack de Monkey Island y me hace feliz pensar en Guybrush Threepwood.
Veldig mye nydelig spilling på dette albumet. Låtskrivingen var ikke like fenomenal. Tekstene og melodiene på noen av sangene var enten irriterende eller kjedelige. Ikke dårlig album, men ikke nok for meg.
First three tracks came in like a wrecking ball (shout out Miley). Things slowed down after that. Slight remnants of 80s cheese on the crusts of Your Latest Trick and Why Worry. Not necessarily a bad thing. There's something likeable about this American sounding English band. I like-a the juice.
buen album, pero le faltó un poco mas de power. Creo que esta banda tiene discos mejores
I started this album knowing the name "Dire Straits", but without any reference to any song, however almost all the songs are very familiar to me, actually. It's the type of album that every song has a kind of "I know this one from 'Guitar Hero'", "I know this one from that movie", etc... So, many songs are very famous but it is something very common, just the simple and old hard rock. It deserves a chance, but the songs are better as the soundtrack for movies and games instead of a complete album.
Nothing but bangers to open up. This reminds me of going to the beach as a kid. I think it was on The Fox a lot and Kath had it blasting as I was about to shred some waves with my boogie board. The back half of the album drags until One World. Then it gets hard 80's. Then back to music that makes me think of the sex scene from Top Gun. Gimme the first three tracks and I'm good. The song Brothers in Arms doesn't do it for me.
This is really hitting the spot. I like that there are some quieter songs that I like, and then straight into some hit that I didn't realize was dire straits. I'm digging the western sound on "The Man's Too Strong." Actually, on a re listen, their sound is all over the place. It's fun for me since I'm not familiar with any particular genre that they are hitting.
using word faggot in "money for nothing" ... but sentiment of working class to people who get money for nothing... didn't finish
Love Mark and the first 3 songs. But I do not like the ballads and moody synth trash that follows. The heavy alto sax and pan flute are epitome if bad 80's song. And I love the pan flute! Mark needs to leave the 80's snyth ballads to Sting and Don Henley
Deemed this album "boring" when it was first released. Now I realize it has some great mellow tunes.
I'm not a massive fan but I can tell this album is good
haha you've got to be kidding. Anyway its ok, but come on
"Southern Rock" has always been hit or miss with me. More misses than hits
I apparently know more songs by Dire Straits than I thought. This feels like an album I would put on during a road trip as good background music while I’m driving with a friend. I don’t know if I would put this on at home but it was enjoyable to listen to.
Not a bad album, some slower filler songs which drag it down a bit. Highlights = So Far Away, Money For Nothing, Your Latest Trick, Brothers In Arms Lowlights = Why Worry?, Ride Across The River, The Man's Too Strong. 6 out of 10.
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Got the job (walk) done.
Pretty good, not something I’d listen to personally but was still alright to listen to, latter half was a little slow though, and some songs were long for no reason.
The album has a really strong start, but gets really mediocre after the first three songs. 7.5/10
Ovo je po svim pravilima jednostavno klasika od albuma. Daleko poznat sa super hitovima. Divna atmosfera na albumu, lagano može biti i u pozadini. Ne traži puno koncentracije, a nagradi te. Svakako obavezno štivo za svakog muzikoljupca.
Starts off great with a few bangers and the end of the album is decent but there’s a few songs in the middle that really suck.
Solid rock album
Pretty good. All in all a nice listen without being overly memorable
Some songs are really good. I felt the middle part was a bit weak.
Borderline rating, but good enough to listen to.
Never listened to this before and DS never really apprised to me in the 80s. Too AOR. But enjoyed it more than I thought I would, with the exception of the big hits which (a) are overplayed and (b) don’t really fit in with the rest of the album with its laid-back sound
Brilliant start with two classics and ends brilliantly with brothers in arms but totally loses its way in the middle which makes it impossible to score higher
Three great tracks on an average album. Money for Nothing is worth three stars alone though 👌
This British pop rock album by Dire Straits is one of the best selling albums of all time - selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. Its music is calming, but easy to get lost in it as well and just jam/dance. For the first few songs, I didn't think I'd like this type of music, but it grows on you and after repeated listens you will love it. There's a reason this album is so popular, all you have to do is give it a chance.
Good variety. Some got me hyped, others mellowed me out. 2RS
I'm never sure how to feel about this album. I recall when it was released (aside from the "controversial" Money For Nothing track and state of the art video) frankly being terribly bored by it all. And listening to it again...part of me doesn't feel that much different. It's just so damned laid back and smooth, even on more uptempo songs like "Walk of Life." But then again, that's sort of what Dire Straits is (was). Can I really enjoy Making Movies that much more than this album, and if I really do was it only because this was hugely "popular" - so much so that 3 or 4 songs were absolutely unavoidable on radio for a year. Is this album that much different? It sort of feels that way to me - there's nothing inherently wrong with being commercial or poppy, and this album has that in abundance, especially in the first half (Side 1!). The positives though - "Money For Nothing" is an undeniably fantastic song; that main guitar riff is legendary and the extended haunting intro is perfect. And Sting you arrogant and talented bastard: you completely nailed it with the background vocals here (and of *course* got co-writing credit). "The Man's Too Strong" is my personal favourite; the powerful contrast between the acoustic backing and the heavy power chords in the chorus set a commanding mood. Dire Straits is a band that takes some time to sink in - in the end I do like this more than I used to, and perhaps the lesser-known second half a bit more than the poppier first. Overall the album *sounds* good - especially the guitar tones - although I do waver on that a bit as there is a very mid-80s sound to it. Again - not inherently bad at all (plenty of albums I like are very dated-sounding), but there's not anything like a timelessness about it that makes it rise up for me either. 6/10 3 stars - very listenable overall with a few big highlights but suffers from a sameness of sound that may either be 80s syndrome or simply über-Dire Straits.
never really listened to dire straits. but knew money for nothing and walk of life - great songs. the rest was a bit meh and boring
Started off strong then went all retro 80s surf yacht chill. I wasn’t into that the first time around, but on deeper listen it was actually quite decent.
This was alright. Prety easy listening. I felt like a few songs dragged on for a bit. The only song I knew off here was 'Walk Of Life', which everyone probably knows.
this should be the textbook definition for "front-loaded," holy crap. the depths this album plumbs in the second half are only marginally raised by the title track but giving it a 3 instead of a 2 is a mercy
I only really have Sultans of Swing to go off of prior to hearing this album, but Brothers in Arms feels like a Graceland-esque mid-life crisis moment for the band, with then-modern, pop-adjacent instrumentation cognizant of a world constantly in flux accompanying lyrics about a world that never changes. Working class "tribute" Money for Nothing is the obvious standout here, but Your Latest Trick was a pleasant, jazzy surprise (if only the other musical divergences were anywhere near as good). The rest of the album is a little too cloying for my tastes—Why Worry is the overlong nadir of the album, and if I had to point to just one song as being made solely for old white dudes, Walk of Life is the one—but it's thematically sound and an easy enough listen for the most part. Key Tracks: Money for Nothing, Your Latest Trick, One World
Money for nothing is good, but those lyrics Jesus. Walk of life is like an old person wedding song. The rest of it very slow and not what I thought it would be. Generous three
Big Fan of Money For Nothing, great sound. Could do without the falsetto "I want my MTV". Sorry stinger. Walk of Life is very commercial jingle-y. Guess that's why it was in some insurance commercial last year? All in all very frontloaded and the backhalf is kind of dire(straits) outside of the title song. 2 mics feels too low but 3 mics feels too high. ehhhh 3 mics
Cool intros and I liked "Your Latest Trick" a lot, but not much else.
Nothing much to say here. Melodies are chill, but the oldschool country vibe gets old after a while.
While I was very familiar with the singles from this album that were released in the US, this is the first time that I remember hearing the full album. I found most tracks on this record just OK. I can't deny that the opening riff of Money for Nothing is pretty great and I really liked The Man's Too Strong and the bass-heavy One World. The one track that I actively disliked was Your Latest Trick which seemed quite dated with all its 80s saxophone and reminded me of the theme from LA Law...and not in a good way.
Not my favorite piece, for sure. And I also like to listen to Knopfler solo. But it really made my day, as I listened to it on a very appropriate time. Not sure if any other 80's band could do that.
Didn’t hate it. Definitely an 80s album.
Not entirely my type of music, but an enjoyable listen nonetheless. Smooth vocals and nice guitar.
Liker ikke helt sounden
Lot blusier than I remember . The tracks that were big are the weaker ones now
Easy listening, couple of good tracks
First 3 tracks were brilliant. The rest was bullcrap.
Highs and lows - some towering tracks here, but also a few that were fine, I guess, but really lacking in comparison to their neighbours. I just want more guitar solos!
Quintessential 80s sound, classic pop-rock. Album was easy to listen to with a slight melancholic vibe at times. Songs are cohesive but nothing particularly stands out for me (I do like Your Latest Trick and Money for Nothing). I think this is the type of album that would grow on me after several re-listens.
Not bad. Solid 80s soft rock. Not really my style, but not bad.
Good stuff, but runs out of steam.
meh? omg so 80s. 3 stars.
The hits this time are the stentorian boogie of Money For Nothing and the hard-hitting rockabilly of Walk Of Life. A little bit generic and banal rock , but nice Guitar solos and riffs. (6/10) FT: See above
I checked "history" and this and the previous album definitely were never suggested to me. Wtf dont try to hold out on me.
Decent atmosphere, some of the songs did drag though
More Phil Collins then Led Zeppelin in the end. I was expecting ‘Brothers In Arms’ to rock more. Mark Knopfler can’t sing, and murders every song, but what he can do is play guitar very well and his (and the bands) work here is often languid, but seductive with the music getting under your skin and the resulting tunes sounding like the soundtrack to an episode of Miami Vice. Herein lies the albums charm.
Starts off with a trio of bangers and then kind of peters out to a weak little trickle of forgettable blandness doesn't it? Sounds about right for an album with a dobro on the cover. Why the fuck is there a dobro on the cover? Why is the dobro floating in the sky? Who thought that was an interesting concept for album artwork? I need to talk to these people.
Man the beginning of Money for Nothing is great. Walk of Life is strong. And the mid-80s vibe is second to none. Knopfler is a great player. Even when I don't really love the song, I like how he plays. Fun for the whole family.
Good one :)
So far away starts off strong for me. A little twangy, charming, easy to listen to. Money for Nothing is a classic!
Miellyttävää, yks pääs bassolistallekin. Ei silti ui suosikkeihin, kun vähän häiritsee se leima setien lempibändinä. Ja no toki muistakin syistä. Mutta voisin kuunnella lisää.
Too much cheese but the title track is a stone cold classic.
should have started off with Money for Nothing. But this song is just about them being movers/contractors??
I enjoyed the guitar. Got slow in the middle but a solid entry.
This album has me very torn. Two very successful songs on the top of the album, to have it just fade away into overly processed rather ho-hum songs at the end. And where is that Knopfler guitar on those ending songs? I remember buying the album as soon as it came out. Also remember that it almost never got pulled out for play. "Money for nothing" and "Walk of Life" were so overplayed on the radios that there is not interest/reason to play. And the rest of the album just does not excite. I categorize this album as their mid-life crisis. After the power and creativity of "Love Over Gold", to follow with this is just a bit of a disappointment. So I really give this a 3.5 stars. But based on how little I actually have played this, I have to round down.
2.5-3/5 Decent old pop rock. “Money For Nothing” and “Walk Of Life” are fun tracks and it’s interesting how the opening hooks of each are almost more recognizable than the tracks themselves. The band seems to have a pattern of leaving the last 1:30 to 2 minutes for an instrumental section and on some songs such as “Ride Across The River” and “Why Worry?” its just too much for me to want to sit around and listen to. I appreciate that they try to fit in more messages into the album than just songs about love and I do like the song “Brothers In Arms” though I know of a cover I’d rather listen to. Fav Songs: Money For Nothing, Walk Of Life
This album frustrated me a bit. I really liked parts of it, but it's all the 80s production that puts me off. I think if this album had been recorded and released 10 years earlier, I would've liked it more.
Nice laid back sound and great musicianship. And of course Mark Knopfflers guitar taking it to a different level
Puro rock nostálgico que me transporta al coche de mi padre. Está wapo.
-Money For Nothing kind of goes on for too long -Walk of Life is nice -This is a lot more soft rock than I expected -why is there an 8-minute-long soft rock love ballad?! -The synth pan flute is odd but not necessarily bad -The Man's Too Strong and One World were pretty good
Was not all that taken with this album on first listen. There were the singles I was already familiar with and they were still good. Near the end, I was warming to it, so I relistened and realized that most of my negativity were around "Your Latest Trick" and "Why Worry", which were both snoozefests. I like the end of the album quite a bit. If it were all like that, I'd give it a 4. As it is with the snoozefests, I'll give it a 3.
I was proven pleasantly wrong by the first Dire Straits album. It had some good songs on it, and retained a sense of place as an album by a band from the North East of England. I'm 50/50 on this, and I can't stand Money For Nothing but love Walk of Life going in. Hoping that this album leans more towards the joyous pop of the latter than the mixing desk stodge rawk of the former. So Far Away is nice, if slight. It's been so long since I heard Money For Nothing, I have actually warmed to it. It's clearly tongue in cheek, heat saying 'The MTV' in the same way I say 'The TikToks' to my daughter, isn't he. Walk of Life Still slaps. Your Latest Trick is all the worst things about the 80s distilled into a bottle of undiluted piss. Saxophone? Shmoove? Bleurgh.
Released at the mid-point of the 1980s, "Brothers in Arms" is one in a long line of albums which saw talented musicians taking smooth-edged soft-rock to the max, shooting for commercial gain they might never have anticipated but yielding decidedly mixed results in the long-term. Alongside Mark Knopfler's instantly recognisable, brittle Strat playing (all finger-work and no plectrum, still deserving to be the focus here) and semi-spoken vocal delivery, the sound is finished off by synth pads that float over the top of every damn song, ultra-polished, plodding drums, lounging jazz keyboards and the occasional intricate lead melody (woodwind synth or saxophone). If it sounds pleasant, it is. If it sounds boring, it also is. Knopfler is not a striking lyricist in this case, and the music stays mainly on the side of brooding atmospherics in HD. It's not always a bad thing and in the right mood, I can let it sweep me away. But it's quite frustrating knowing that Knopfler is capable of playing exquisite guitar (seen in glimpses across many of these instrumental passages) or writing a pop hit. At least two of these three stars belong to "Walk of Life", the standout single, for cutting through the introspection and succeeding in being effortlessly bright, breezy and catchy. Knopfler's vocal style really works here, as do the increased presence of synthesisers in Dire Straits' sound as they add the classic keyboard riff. "Money for Nothing" is another winner, contributing the only riff with any backbone. It even manages to earn its length, paying off the iconic long introduction with a cynical lyric and delivery (including a badly judged slur... if you're reading this, you know what it is) and its major key chorus, breaking through like an occasional ray of sunshine. While I'm on the subject of "Money for Nothing", one of the record's three great songs, it is NONSENSE that the band chose not to open "Brothers in Arms" with it. It is known for having one of the most majestic introductions of all time, beloved by audiophiles testing out new hi-fis the world over... but instead we begin with "So Far Away", a completely by-the-numbers soft rock opening with its oh-so-inspiring central lyric "you're so far away from me; so far I just can't see". It sums up my main gripe with "Brothers in Arms": it has occasional greatness which is casually tossed out hand-in-hand with dross. "Your Latest Trick" constitutes the doldrums of easy-listening, saxophone and all. "Why Worry" has a nursery rhyme melody and a hackneyed-but-nice sentiment poorly expressed, before breaking into a four minute noodly coda which adds nothing. "One World" tries to inject a shot of adrenaline in the album's home stretch with some nice lead guitar and slapped bass in a Tony Levin cameo, but there's not much going on beyond it. That said, it's worth finishing my review as the album goes out, with the lovely "Brothers In Arms." It's the main ballad here which works: a heartfelt message delivered alongside a winning melody, it sits in the right place at the end of the record and serves a final reminder that the band can deliver their songs with pathos and immediacy. Along with "Walk of Life" and "Money for Nothing", it proves that this album still deserves its place on this list, even if it is greater than the sum of its parts.
A huge album at the time, cementing Dire Straits’ status as one of the top global acts. Heard the first half of this album SO MUCH, one way or another, that even now it’s hard to be objective, so I’ll flip to the second half and say I enjoyed these tracks, a fair bit of variety and tasteful instrumentation and production (perhaps over compressed for my ears now) but overall this was played ALL THE TIME on MTV and became so embedded that I can’t quite take it now…
Several classic tracks, can even hear some of the stylings that would show up in The Princess Bride. And Brothers in Arms, just a great tune, also used to great effect in the episode "Two Cathedrals" in The West Wing. Title track far surpasses those that were the big hits. And an early jump into computer animation on Money For Nothing and Sting's I want My MTV are still iconic albeit dated.
Not super into this aside from Walk of Life, but there's still a lot of impressive song writing and musicianship on display, so gotta respect that.
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.
Not a huge fan of the vocals. Music is good. Kind of sounds like rock and roll Bob Dylan.
the sound of young MTV
Far more easy listening than I remember it. A good album but hardly justifying the 60m+ in album sales.
It was okay
Bit boring overall but some nice tracks in there and good guitars.
This was the record that made DS so popular that no one liked them anymore. Like everything they did, it’s of very high quality, but this one lacks life and edge. Serious points off for becoming ubiquitous (and thus annoying) in my first painful year of college (not entirely Knopfler’s fault it was painful) and generally being too polished, slick and too big a hit. Demerits also for using state-of-the-art (also smug) ‘80s production effects (keys and synths especially, Sting backing vocals). And for parodying MTV while being totally of it … by design and in execution. They wanted it both ways, I suppose, and got it. Trigger warning on the homophobic language, too – oh, that shameful go-go decade. The “Money for Nothing” hook is great, if obvious. “So Far Away” and “Walk of Life” are pretty good, too. “Your Latest Trick” and “One World” are tops to my ears, and the more considered non-hits in the middle and back stand up better than the chart-toppers. It’s interesting to me that the record ends very quietly, in contrast to the very loud opening hook of its most famous song. As a whole, it’s all far below (less artful, less serious, way too obviously reaching for mainstream acceptance) than the previous work – the first record, Love Over Gold and Making Movies especially. I like that it freed Knopfler to do what he wanted but he never got his mojo back (commercially or artistically) and has mostly noodled since. Sorry, book editors, but the production here makes this anything but “timeless” – who can hear this and not think mid- to late ‘80s? You want timeless, try “Water of Love,” “WIld West End,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Skateaway” or “Telegraph Road.” One must be careful not dismiss things just because they’re popular, but, while this deserves a 4, I’m protesting and penalizing with a 3 because everyone (even the authors) still overrates this at the expense of the earlier, simpler and superior efforts.
How did I not know that’s Sting on Money for Nothing? What a wally.
80's were a rough time for rock. Brothers on Arms is a very good album but it's pretty far removed from modern rock. It's not a bad thing by itself but it most likely means that I won't be returning much to this album.
Dire Straits has some great tunes, but most of those aren’t on this album. Liked “One World” and even though it’s overplayed, I’m still not sick of “Money for Nothing”. Other minor hits: “Walk of Life” and “So far Away” are lame. Rest is boring.
Never been a big fan
Dire Straits are a band I’ve somehow escaped listening to really but this album is pretty enjoyable and very well-produced.
Money for nothing y Walk of Life son temas fijos en cualquier lista ochentera
Fav song: So Far Away
Nice album. The stars of the album are the first three songs. Though Money for Nothing never did anything for me, Walk of Life and So far Away are both excellent. But the 4th song...yech! Elevator music ballad, complete with sax that sounds like Kenny G is playing. The balance of the album is pretty uneventful with the exception of the title track. All in all a pretty ordinary album with 2 or 3 stellar tunes. 3.5 🌟
Thought I was going to have heard all these already when it started. The ones I hadn't weren't memorable. Did not know about the controversial version of MFN!
Plodding, dull. How was this ever a phenomenon?
boomer rock. dire straits is not for me, and while i am proud of myself for sitting through this, i found it so very very boring i was nearly sent into a rage. love this synths, hate the everything else. 3/10. all points awarded for synth. points deducted for being the soundtrack of a generation that decimated the economy.
A bit annoying really
I think my problem with Dire Straits has always been the lack of dynamic or structural variation in their tracks. 'Money For Nothing' takes a good riff and then repeats it on end for 8 minutes with few changes, and that just doesn't make for an interesting or engaging song. Also the whole back half of this album sounds like the soundtrack to a chintzy 80s Tom Cruise romance flick verging on porno territory.
Listened a few days late. Album is extremely cheesy rock, but the riff on Money for Nothing still slaps, first bench press vibes.
Has some nostalgic impact, but just TOO polished to mean anything.
Songs too long, album too long. Turns out sometimes production can kill a good song.
Slowwwww. But could be worse.
VERY 1985. I feel like I'm in an 80s drama. Now we're in smooth jazz? This album feels all over the place. Eh. Not really my jam.
A couple of great great songs!
Pleasant enough listen but a bit too of its time - last few songs went nowhere
I got almost nothing out of this. Granted my brain turned off after the f-slur in track 2
Tiene buenas canciones pero aun no soy tan mayor como para que me guste la falta de vitalidad de Dire Straits
Muy desigual. Tiene algunas rolas brutales y otras medio meh y otras vomitivas. De todos modos se me hace mejor que cualquier disco de Steely Da.
Not my style
first song: not awful, but boring. ofc i recognize the second song. always fun to listen to slurs in hit songs. third song is another popular one. fourth song: ive heard this one too, and its the first one i like. saxophone is so good. fifth song is okay too, almost like a lullaby. sixth song is pretty nice, wasnt expecting this reggae feel lol. this album must be super popular because i feel like ive heard most of these songs on the radio. dont care about the seventh track. eight song is okay. lets see if the title track is good or nah. i wasnt feeling the buildup but it turned out okay kinda. well im done. it was okay i guess, didnt feel strongly about anything here, didnt love or hate anything.
Some relaxing/smooth listening jam songs/riffs. Still don’t love their hits. Maybe money for nothing.
The Dire Straits should’ve said “you’re so far away from me” one more time — I don’t think we got it the first 50 times in the opening track. I like the message behind Money for Nothing, but don’t like the offensive slang — also these songs are really slow and repetitive. The sax in Your Latest Trick is really nice. These songs are SO long. I admit the instrumentals are good, but I don’t have the patience lol. Why Worry would be a good song if you cut out 4-5 minutes of it 😂 The Brothers in Arms title track has great lyrics, but again why is it so long?? Overall: the album was ok. The songs, particularly the instrumentals, were WAY too long for my taste. Some lyrics were beautiful, some not so much.
Great moments filled up with bang average filler tracks. 2/5
Couple of good riffs in what is otherwise a brain numbing boring album
Dire Straits sound much better live.
Two well known songs. I have never been a fan of Money For Nothing.
Love some "Brothers in Arms" but now having listened to some of the other songs it's a little offensive.
Even duller than I expected it to be.
A solid meh. Not sure what this album was trying to accomplish and seemed aimless.
You know, fuck Dire Straits.
love money for nothing, but was surprised how much I didn't like the rest of the album. the songs were fine. slower than i was expecting. Money For Nothing isn't necessarily a fast song, but there's something about it's.... swagger, that the rest of the album just didn't really have.
Wow. This did not age well. I remember when this first came out and everyone had fancy new cd players and this was the go to album. Money for Nothing still sounds great and Brothers in Arms closes out the album well, but the rest - just sounds flat and boring. They have far better albums.
never really liked Dire Straits
Primeiro álbum que escutei no 1001albumgenerator.
Money for Nothin’ riff still slaps for being a kinda dumb song. Guitars overall are pretty damn clean and tasty. The synths and extra instruments often feel out of place initially, but end up working out really well in the end. The closer was a snore. Overall not bad bad, but the singles are the highlights. This band does not sound like they’re from England, whatsoever, figured these dudes were from Florida. It’s aight.
Not really vibing with it. Forgot to listen to it until today on the way to work. Money for Nothing has a great riff but I forgot about the F bomb in it. Some classic songs but two that I've definitely heard way too often
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.
The MySpace of albums. Not only does it not hold up anymore, but you can't believe it ever did.
Listenable but dull. Never really grabbed me. And I've always disliked the song, "Money for Nothing", so there's that. Sorry, Mark. Didn't add.
Bruh I Farm's
yknow I woulda enjoyed this a lot more if not for the liberal use of the f slur. great production tho
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.
Their Spoitfy profile says "self-consciously mature rock 'n' rollers," which may be the most singularly uninviting musical proposition I've ever read. Luckily, that's not all they are. Hooks, tunes, SFX--all catchy crassness they're not above. But there's no ignoring their midtempo sobriety, which is almost truculent in its insistence on poise. There's also no ignoring that this gets a hell of a lot less catchy on the second half, which is the bigger problem.
Money for Nothing is great, but it's eight minutes long for some reason, and nothing else is particularly memorable aside from "Walk of Life", which I never super liked.
I couldnt get away with it
I thought the 80s were all about cocaine, hedonism and excess. So why is this so boring?! And why was it SO popular?
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...
Not a favorite. Music held no appeal for me.
As tedious as dull as I remembered. Popular does not always relate to quality.
One star for the "Money for Nothing" intro. The rest is insipid, cringeworthy music for 80s dads to listen to in their Ford Cortinas. Not sure why a band from Newcastle are trying to sound like they're from Nevada too.
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.
Ruk. Behalve de intro van I want my mtv