Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Rock, Singer-Songwriter
With the release of Get Lucky, Mark Knopfler has made as many solo studio albums as he made group studio albums with Dire Straits, which may be a signal that it's time to stop comparing his two careers and simply accept them as separate entities. Of course, since Knopfler was the lead singer, chief instrumentalist, and songwriter for Dire Straits, there are obvious similarities, even if he has taken a deliberately different path as a solo artist. Basically, he's a lot quieter.
Like a college student to free pizza, music critics often seem to experience an intense magnetic pull to compare any new Mark Knopfler solo release to his work with Dire Straits. As time has passed, however, that comparison has proven less and less useful. First, Knopfler has now spent more of his musical life outside Dire Straits than as a member of the influential UK group he co-founded in the late ‘70s.