the former dire straits man's 8th solo album contains 11 new songs - Mark’s usual wryly but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of unusually distinctive subtlety.
the record is incredibly restrained, focusing on knopfler's wonderfully mellowed voice & relying a lot on the atmosphere built by the band. produced by Knopfler & Guy Fletcher, The band features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Guy Fletcher on keyboards, John McCusker on fiddle, Mike McGoldrick on whistle & flute, Glenn Worf on bass & Ian Thomas on drums. Guest musicians include Ruth Moody (from The Wailin’ Jennys) on vocals, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone & Phil Cunningham on accordion. "an excellent case for re-engagement...richly melodic, lyrically involving, & boasts an unhurried elegance & quiet intensity which elevates it to the ranks of knopfler's most affecting work" 8/10 - uncut.
- Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes
- River Towns
- Mighty Man
- Broken Bones
- Long Cool Girl
- Lights of Taormina
- Silver Eagle
- Wherever I Go (featuring Ruth Moody)