Sound — 10
Fantastic. Every aspect of this album has been arranged and performed in such a way that allows you to relax, sit back and just let that gentle sounds of Dire Straits run through you. All the tracks that appear on here are (or seem to be) perfect. The track, Money For Nothing, holds an unrepeatable performance with Sting. The track, Local Hero/Wild Theme, holds an also unrepeatable live performance. Mr Knopfler is a living legend of the music world.
Lyrics — 10
Mark Knopfler is a master at writing lyrics. He may not be the best singer in the world but he sure as hell knows how to put words to music. All the lyrics in all his songs have some meaning whether they are in a simple but extremely effective balled (Romeo And Juliet) or if they are in a song about a band trying to make a living by playing short gigs in pubs and clubs (Sultans Of Swing), everything he says in his songs have meaning and effect you in some sort of way. There isn't another person in the music industry, man or woman, that could pull off the lyrical (and musical) masterpeices that Knopfler has created. If I could salute anyone as a musical gods, it would be Dire Straits.
Overall Impression — 10
If you want to go out and buy an '80s/early '90s album then this is the one you need to buy. Dire Straits are everything from rock to blues to pop, no-one else that I can or could ever think of come(s) close to what they have acheived. This CD is a must-have!