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When they agreed the unwritten law that time-honoured artists with brilliant track records get less creative as they go on, Mark Knopfler obviously wasn't paying attention. He was too busy writing, recording, touring and enjoying it all.

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  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B002C6K86G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Border Reiver
2. Hard Shoulder
3. You Can't Beat The House
4. Before Gas And TV
5. Monteleone
6. Cleaning My Gun
7. The Car Was The One
8. Remembrance Day
9. Get Lucky
10. So Far From The Clyde
11. Piper To The End

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When they agreed the unwritten law that time-honoured artists with brilliant track records get less creative as they go on, Mark Knopfler obviously wasn’t paying attention. He was too busy writing, recording, touring and enjoying it all. Get Lucky is Knopfler's fifth studio album of the decade and was recorded at his award-winning British Grove Studios in West London and co-produced with long-time cohorts Chuck Ainlay and Guy Fletcher. It is a beautifully crafted exploration of a lifetime of musical roots, fluently combining folk and blues with his original song writing and vivid observational lyricism.

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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian M. J. Pickett on 15 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Knopfler's previous album, Kill to Get Crimson, was described in Rolling Stone by reviewer Anthony DeCurtis as 'egoless and supremely accomplished...testament to the rare talent that enables a master to say something simply and beautifully and leave it exactly at that'. Two years on, could the same sentiments apply to Get Lucky?

Certainly it's another beautifully crafted album, with some lovely instrumentations but it's arguably the most pensive of Knopfler's creations: the majority of the tracks are tinged with an aching melancholy, some with Celtic inflections. This sentiment is admirably illustrated in 'Remembrance Day', a definite highlight of the album, in which he shows reverence for the war heroes that have passed on. The children chanting 'we will remember them', coupled with some wonderfully effective guitar work by MK, produces a counterpoint that resonates with particular poignancy. Similarly, the final track about Knopfler's uncle - a piper who died in battle aged 20 - goes to serve as a reminder of the value and, all too often, the brevity of a human life.

But what impresses me most with Knopfler's skill as a songwriter is his ability to place the listener in a particular place and time simply through the way that he writes. And there's a certain degree of cinematic magic here: Consider the song in which Knopfler muses about one of the greatest guitar makers in the world (John Monteleone) going about his work: 'The chisels are calling; it's time to make sawdust. Steely reminders of things left to do'. His affection and appreciation for the instruments he makes (`Gentle persuasion, I bend to the wood and I coax it so sing. Monteleone, your new one and only will ring') is matched only by the musician who will play and treasure it.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dr D on 12 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is Mark Knopfler's best solo album to date in my opinion. It deserves SIX stars.

Get Lucky contains everything you would expect from Knopfler. Great storytelling, much related to his upbringing, beautiful use of language, a fantastic voice (which some of you may find surprising), great musical arrangement, and all topped off by his great guitar work, which I think is more in evidence here than it has been in some of his other solo works. There is a Scottish feel to the album, evident in at least five of the eleven songs served up. In addition to Mark's now fairly settled band line up, Phil Cunningham and Michael McGoldrick help with the "Scottishness", with their accordion, and flute and whistle play respectively.

I won't take you through the album song by song, but I will tell you that all eleven songs are excellent in their own ways. Border Reiver is a great foot tapping album opener. Hard shoulder, the next song up, is where I think you hear Mark's voice at it's absolute best. You Can't Beat the House perhaps feels slightly out of place on Get Lucky, but nonetheless is a great R&B number with quirky lyrics and superb guitar. Cleaning my Gun is brilliant but wtf is the song about!? You'll have to decide yourself! Remembrace Day is sad and beautiful at the same time. When Mark sings out the names of the boys in the village cricket team who lost their lives in WW1, you are slapped in the face with the importance of remembrance and it is superb that MK is donating the proceeds of the single version of this song (and Piper to the End) to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The title track is a really uplifting little song with great acoustic guitar and whistle, the latter I think from John McCusker. So Far From the Clyde is my favourite song from the album (today).
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Andy Parker on 20 Aug. 2009
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'Get Lucky' marks Knopfler's 7th solo studio album and the artisan of musical craft has done it once again. Having already carved out his own distinctive niche, this latest offering further reinforces this position with 11 great biographical and autobiographical musical tales which tell their own story in a sensitive and thought-provoking way that make you want to go deeper with each listen. Drawing on key elements from his entire discography, 'Get Lucky' is also perhaps MK's most personal album to date with a nostalgic and reflective view of his Scottish roots and a bygone era. This provides a Celtic folk feel which compares well with elements from 'Golden Heart' and his film score work such as 'Local Hero', 'Cal' and 'A Shot at Glory'. As an album therefore, you'll find few surprises but, by the same token, there are some great stand-out tracks, including the rousing 'Border Reiver' which kicks off proceedings in much the same way 'What It Is' did on his 'Sailing to Philadelphia' album. 'Get Lucky' therefore more than complements his other work as he continues to modestly show off his song writing prowess and lyrical dexterity that demonstrate he is much, much more than just 'the voice and guitar of Dire Straits'. For a fan this is definitely a must. For a newbie, it may take some listening, but the journey of discovery would be well worth the effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Nicholson on 26 Feb. 2010
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Never been a great fan of Dire Straits but heard the single 'Border Reiver' and wanted to hear more by Mark Knopfler. Apart from 2nd song 'Hard shoulder' the rest of the CD is an absolutely cracker with my particular favourite being 'You can't beat the house'. Buy it, you will definitely not be dissapointed.
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