Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

by Dire Straits


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Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing," a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler's increased sense of pop songcraft -- "Money for Nothing" had an indelible guitar riff, "Walk of Life" is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on "Sultans of Swing," and the melodies of the bluesy "So Far Away" and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style "Why Worry" were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn't maintain that consistency through the rest of the album -- only the jazzy "Your Latest Trick" and the flinty "Ride Across the River" make an impact -- Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it's distinctive within their catalog. [In 2005 Mercury released a 20th anniversary limited edition version of Brothers in Arms in the Hybrid/SACD format.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2000
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624777328
catalogNumber: 47773
Rank: 1314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dire Straits   Primary Artist
Sting   Vocals
Michael Brecker   Horn
Omar Hakim   Drums
John Illsley   Bass,Vocals
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Horn
Alan Clark   Keyboards
Guy Fletcher   Keyboards,Vocals
Neil Jason   Bass
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass
Mike Mainieri   Background Vocals
Dave Plews   Horn
Terry Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Neil Dorfsman   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Duncan   Contributor
Mark Knopfler   Producer
Graham Meek   Transfer Assistant
Robert Sandell   Liner Notes
Jack Sonni   Contributor
Chuck Ainlay   Producer
Thomas Stever   Artwork
Chris Myring   Transfer Assistant

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Brothers in Arms 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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I've got to admit, that I don't like the album as a whole. There are just too many slow, downbeat tracks, and they're too long. I'm not going to be hard on it though, because when it rocks, its a great album. Obviously Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life were massive hits for Dire Straits, and the major appeal of the album. Despite being straight ahead rock, the lyrics are thoughtful in Walk Of Life, an ode to a busker, and scalding in Money For Nothing. So Far Away is another pop hit, and like REM's Everybody Hurts, Knopfler knowingly stripped down the lyrics to make them universally relevant. Brothers In Arms, the last track on the album, is excellent- words describing the harrowing nature of war are made all the more dramatic by the eerie keyboards and Knopflers solo. The solo itself is like the mumbled words of the imaginary soldier, sapped of strength and energy, but still able to make a passionate statement. I recommend it for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits fan for a long time. He is a virtuous guitarist in my opinion, but on this CD his song writing is superb as well. Although this is not the newest Dire Straits CD and has been out for a long time, it is still the best in my view and well worth getting a hold of. It will be one you will listen to a lot!
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