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4.0 out of 5 stars The last stand - they knew when to call it a day.
Fans were eagerly awaiting a successor to Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits' landmark commercial triumph. It eventually came in the form of On Every Street. In the end it was not particularly warmly received. Many years had passed since Brothers and Dire Straits had disappeared from the spotlight. On Every Street is a very good album, nonetheless, and there isn't a bad...
Published on 11 Nov 2000 by graeme.d@virgin.net

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3.0 out of 5 stars Love Dire Straits in their twilight
On Every Street" itself is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, bittersweet and filled with unrequited longing, and illustrates Mark Knopfler's desire to convey "the essential loneliness of a lot of life experience".

"You and Your Friend" is truly erotic! You can feel a slow and sensual buildup that becomes almost unbearable with the bass turned...
Published on 13 Mar 2007 by Jay


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3.0 out of 5 stars Love Dire Straits in their twilight, 13 Mar 2007
This review is from: On Every Street (Audio CD)
On Every Street" itself is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, bittersweet and filled with unrequited longing, and illustrates Mark Knopfler's desire to convey "the essential loneliness of a lot of life experience".

"You and Your Friend" is truly erotic! You can feel a slow and sensual buildup that becomes almost unbearable with the bass turned high. Crank this one up with a special lady friend on a chill winter evening with the fireplace roaring, all you gentlemen out there, and let the fun begin!

While the more recognizable hits on this album are "Heavy Fuel" and "Calling Elvis", which are quite good, these other songs would be my faves, along with the ironic "My Parties", the hilariously satirical "Ticket to Heaven", and the mini-jazz riff "Fade to Black".

To listen to this album is to love Dire Straits in their twilight, the end of a beautiful era...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last stand - they knew when to call it a day., 11 Nov 2000
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Fans were eagerly awaiting a successor to Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits' landmark commercial triumph. It eventually came in the form of On Every Street. In the end it was not particularly warmly received. Many years had passed since Brothers and Dire Straits had disappeared from the spotlight. On Every Street is a very good album, nonetheless, and there isn't a bad song on here. Knopfler's guitar work is good but not exceptional (I felt that he only really excelled himself as a guitarist on two songs anyway: Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer). His vocals and lyrics, however, were never better than on this album. It is a melancholy album in nature and this theme seems to lead Knopfler to some of his best songwriting on a record. The piano based titletrack is excellent (reminiscent of the song Love Over Gold), You and Your Friend and Heavy Fuel are a bit raunchy, My Parties is a humorous take on high society, Calling Elvis is cleverly written and Ticket to Heaven sounds like something from the fifties. All in all, a quality album and although there isn't a bad song on here, you feel that Knopfler was tiring of his time with the band so it's probably just as well that On Every Street was Dire Straits' epitaph.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful album of remembrance., 13 Nov 2000
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Dire Straits' last album is neither of Brothers in Arms nor Love Over Gold proportions. It is nevertheless, a good, reflective album by a band that were becoming a bit wearied of rock 'n' roll but were still determined to make the most out of their consummate musicianship for one final album. There isn't a bad song on this album: Calling Elvis is clever lyrically and My Parties is Mark Knopfler's jazzy, smooth assault on high society. The best tracks are the titletrack, Fade to Black, Planet of New Orleans, You and Your Friend and Iron Hand; the latter two wouldn't have seemed out of place on Brothers in Arms, and Iron Hand is my personal favourite on the album, reminiscent of The Man's Too Strong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somehow a different Dire Straits, but still great stuff., 17 Aug 2000
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Dire Straits took a long rest after their 1985 smash hit album Brothers in Arms but eventually returned to record a new album for the nineties. This album seems less imaginative than their previous work and Knopfler's style on this album is very relaxed compared to the style that had been his trademark previously. Dire Straits original style was evident for their first three albums but by Love over Gold they had slowed down a bit and changed their style a little. This was probably down to their beginning to record in more expensive studios. But I won't criticise because On Every Street is a great album, even though it feels like a different Dire Straits. Many of the tracks on here have a slow, country style. Calling Elvis and Heavy Fuel are incisive songs written with great wit about a desperate alcoholic and My Parties is Knopfler's cynical take on wasteful and carefree high society living. The title-track is one of the most moving songs the Straits have recorded and Knopfler's vocals on the album are great, if perhaps his playing is more subdued than on previous albums.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen without prejudice!, 21 Oct 2008
This review is from: On Every Street (Audio CD)
It's interesting to read the contrasting points of view on this album. I had loved the Love Over Gold and Alchemy Albums, but I lost interest in the band in the 80's due to the over-exposure of the rather sterile "Brothers In Arms". A few years ago, a friend played "On Every Street" to me, and I was ready to dismiss the album. I had, after all, heard some of the singles when they came out... "Heavy Fuel" had seemed like a direct attempt to follow up Money For Nothing and The Bug was like a poor relation of Walk Of Life. Dire Straits were obviously just milking a formula...

I was wrong, of course. The choice of singles is perplexing, as they are probably the weakest tracks on the album, though they actually all work well in the context of the rest of the tracks. The production is absolutely stunning. Dire Straits had been all over the place production-wise in the past - contrast the flat sound of the early albums with the harsh and dated "Love Over Gold" and the clinical and detached sound of Brothers In Arms. Here, they get it exactly right - the playing is as precise as ever, but has a more spontaneous feel, and the production had tremendous depth and clarity. For all those hi-fi bores out there (me included) it is the ideal CD to get the best from your system.

Included here are some of Dire Straits' best ever songs, including the lush strings of Ticket To Heaven and the atmospheric Iron Hand. Highlight of the album and for me, the best thing the band ever recorded is You and Your Friend. The murmured lyrics ruminate on the aftermath of a failed relationship against an initially sparse and restrained arrangement. The last two-and-a-half minutes of the track are absolute perfection, with first an electric solo then the stunning entry of the acoustic guitar at around the four-minute mark. This is one of the most spine-tingling pieces of guitar I've ever heard, with the electric and acoustic trading phrases as the track slowly fades. Listen to it in the dark, turned up LOUD.

The whole LP, far from suffering from ennui, has a relaxed feel of a man (and band) playing more from the heart, with far less pretension and direct pandering to their audience than on previous releases. The album ends with the gorgeous How Long, a suitably modest end to the band's career. It's a joyful little excursion, so wonderfully played that you simply don't want it to end. An overlooked album, possibly their best (though that accolade might still have to go to Love Over Gold for sentimental reasons...)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits mellowing in their later years, 13 Nov 2001
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This review is from: ON EVERY STREET (Audio CD)
In their last album before splitting up, Dire Straits dispensed with the upbeat tempos that characterised their popular image in songs such as "Romeo and Juliet" and "Sultans of Swing" and returned mainly to the slow laziness of "Brothers in Arms" and "Lions". OK, there are a couple of excitable songs such as "The Bug" and "Calling Elvis" with its now trademark solo, but one can't help feeling that for the most part they're just taking it slow and winding up in style. Knopfler gives us a little taster of where he's headed in the final song on the album, "How Long", with its Country & Western tinge, but the album as a whole is much more "easy listening" than their previous. Browsers looking for an anthem like "Money for Nothing" should head for the album of the same name, but those who have one of the albums released at the height of their fame and are looking for more would probably be better advised to head this way than towards some of their earlier stuff.
Not definitive, but a fine display of going out in style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!, 30 Oct 2011
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Purchashed this to upgrade from cassette!!! This was always a good punchy album but not quite as well known as previous albums. I loved Dire Straits right from the first time I heard Sultans of Swing back in '78 and it is aways a thrill when one of their tracks comes up on the old i-Pod. Being a fan then I am obviously biased so an in depth review would be a total waste of time as I like all the tracks and am not going to nit pick and be a music bore!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever move, 15 July 2011
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Mr. R. G. Prizeman "Dickie 1" (croydon UK) - See all my reviews
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Although many will always say Brothers in arms is the best album I have to say that this is the most enjoyable of all Dire Straits Albums, from the great Planet of new orleans to the foot tapping how long. The quality is fantastic as you would expect being the group that were often used to show of the quality of CD back in 1985!. This is the album that is over looked dwafted by brothers and arms however it is a joy from beginning to end with hardly a dull track. The rockers heavey fuel and the bug, the acostic iron man, and on every street. For value for money this is a must.One thing I never understood is why this ever needed remastering it was recorded digitally and sounded great like brothers in arms did. However I was intrigued if it could sound better so I bought this new version..Ops its not as good, its a bit louder, but at the cost of quality, how ridiculous to do this?. Anyway putting that to one side if you can it is still an excellent album. It is a shame when record companies do this, so in years to come Universal may feel the need to reinstate the quality control back to the group that put CD's on the map.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underated, 15 Mar 2011
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ive most of dire Straits albums and I have to say this one has had most plays... its not a Brothers in Arms its On Every Street, a laid back collection of songs that go well together and it improves with repeated listening. It is superbly produced... If you got a good hifi and aint keen on the other Dire Straits then give this a spin.
try this... get a very good sub and replay this album... Itll show off how well its been produced
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good last album, 20 Jun 2008
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This is the Dire Straits album I play the most. With tracks like Calling Elvis, On Every Street, The Bug, You And Your Friend, Heavy Fuel, Ticket To Heaven and Planet of New Orleans being the stand out tracks for me. There's a more accessible sound to this album, and this makes it a better listen than the over hyped Brothers in Arms album, or the over blown and dated older albums. Although Making Movies is a fine album from 1980.

Calling Elvis has a great guitar solo and starts the album well. On Every Street is a classic ballad that builds up to a stirring finish. The Bug is an up tempo country style track in similar style to Walk of Life. You and Your Friend is like Brothers in Arms for tempo and mood with the guitar leading the way. Heavy Fuel is rocking guitar and crashing drums. Ticket to Heaven is easy listening and relaxing piano number, and Planet of New Orleans is the longest track containing moody guitar, another guitar highlight.

All in all a good mix of styles while keeping their sound. A sound that shows the band often having fun while still crafting memorable songs, albeit for the smaller fan base remaining post 1991.
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