After 12 months spent touring between U.S.A. and Europe, - and David Knopfler's departure -(who recorded a "Solid Rock" version published on "Ridin' High" soundtrack), the remaining of Dire Straits gave birth to their 3rd records.
Seven astonishing songs who revealed the true capacities of the group; not more J.J. Cale blues, a faded postcard forgotten on a Caribbean Island, neither dylanian musical inflexions, a keepsake that can't be able to represent the ambitions o f Mark&co., but the will of becoming a mainstream rock'n roll band was admired by everyone. The imaginativeness Mark Knopfler's creativity moves through the liquid and sparkling style of his guitar, making us discovering he doesn't rest on his own laurels. Songs like "Tunnel of love" (a greatest 80's lovestory), "Expresso love" (electric rock that blends love with coffee!), and "Solid Rock" (a pressing rock who tell you what rock'n roll in the 80's was), are the jewels that follow the high road led in the first two albums. The love ballads "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hand in Hand" let grow up the level of gratification for this album and clearing up that Mark is (and going to be) one of the greatest songwriters of all the times (sorry mr. Lennon/Mc Cartney, Jagger/ Richards,etc....) that knows the magical key to make a charming and fascinating songs.
The thrilling "Skateway": where the music becomes epic and the Knopfler's style rise to incredible expressive levels.
A great deal of people glimpse a compromise between business reasons and condescendence for the lovestory, but what i see is an excellent final result, with a portentous biz impact.