As I reach a "certain" age I eventually have to appreciate that the majority of what the kids are listening to is not going to be to my taste, and that I have to learn to love a more mature sound. To be fair, I've always enjoyed some "mainstream" sounds, even in my youth, (It was definitely NOT hip to like Supertramp round our way in the seventies, but I did - and still do) but I never really enjoyed Dire Straits after Sultans of Swing - not for any snobby or posey reasons - I just didn't like them. Looking back though, one can begin to appreciate what I missed then and on listening to this album I certainly "get" and enjoy what Mr knopfler is currently producing. A quite American sounding album to my ears, a bit Dylany here, a bit John Hiattish there, many of the lyrics are firmly British such as reference to "Bacon, egg and sausage, double chips and beans" on Corned Beef City. There are pretty Peter Greenesque sounds on "Go love" and "Bluebird", some chugging up-tempo numbers eg "Gator Blood" and "I used to could", and a nod to a laid back celtic sound on tracks such as "Haul away".
I have to assume that Mr Knopfler doesn't require the money so this album should be seen as a heartfelt take on the folk/blues that he so obviously loves, and if a sometimes jaded listener such as myself is convinced that this is a great album then I suppose I can give it no higher praise.