Kill To Get Crimson Review

Knopfler cover

Mark Knopfler has released his fifth solo album Kill To Get Crimson last month, and I am pleased as punch. I find this album to be possibly, the most “normal” solo album Mark has made since Dire Straits. I should clarify, Mark usually goes through “spurts” of different genres. Be it country, traditional Irish, or even old time Americana. This album really doesn’t have a Donegan’s Gone, or a Fare Thee Well Northumberland. Alas, don’t jump up yet, ye old Straits fans! There are really no rockers here either! Not even a slow building crescendo like Speedway! Now you would think I was giving it a bad review, I am not. In fact I can’t think of a Knopfler album I have enjoyed so instantly, but nothing grows on you like those tracks I mentioned. Much of the fun, is similar to a Peter Gabriel album, where you return again, and again and find new gems, or songs click with you that didn’t before. It gives the album depth and a soul. This album didn’t do that for me.

Punish The Monkey was the choice for North America’s first single. I understand why. It has, what I read described as, a “slinky” riff, that is quite catchy. And an all too brief harmony that was very first Dire Straits albumesque! There is also fun to be had with the infectious, We Can Get Wild, which is wonderful song about coming of age, discovering the joys of adulthood, and sexual freedom. Behind With the Rent is a jazzy song, with much like most of Mark’s songs, a title that is not quite accurate about the songs true meaning.

There is plenty of delicate, meticulous, guitar work on this album, and it further solidifies my opinion of MK as the best guitarist on the planet. Like all of his albums, the fidelity is recorded with reference quality, and perfect clarity. This is a smooth album, that fans of both of Straits, and solo stuff will appreciate. You will enjoy it, your parents will enjoy it, not sure if your kids will, but what do kids know? Just don’t go it hoping for Sailing II or anything remotely like Brothers in Arms or Love Over Gold, and let the album sweep you away, and remind you that excellent songwriters still exist.

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2 Responses to “Kill To Get Crimson Review”

  1. SexyCoolSuperSpy Says:

    I love Mark Knopfler. I don’t know about best on the planet, but I definitely think he’s fantastic.

    Great review and it seems like a good album. 🙂 Cheers.

  2. rushme Says:

    Nice review. I agree in most points. I have no kids that I´d need to convince, but I think there are quite some young people out there who appreciate good music, more than expected. All hope is not lost!
    “Best player”, “best guitarist” etc… – I think this question is uninteresting. I would not say so. I don´t know all guitarists yet ,) In any case, Marks play is one of the most thrilling I´ve ever heard.

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