The point where the Dire Straits sound began to get more sophisticated & thoughtful,
This review is from: Making Movies (Audio CD)
Recorded in NYC in August 1980, Dire Straits' third album was released in October the same year to widespread critical acclaim. Mark Knopfler's brother David left during the recording sessions and remains un-credited (his already-recorded guitar parts were re-recorded by his brother), and pianist Roy Bittan gives many of the songs - the opener `Tunnel of Love' for instance - a fuller sound than the guitar-rock foursome who cut the first two albums.
The song-writing here is beginning to mature with more thoughtful arrangements especially evident on `Romeo and Juliet', an autobiographical tale written from a third-person perspective by Knopfler about a failed love affair and one of the band's most enduring songs.
All in all this is a minor classic from the 1980s and stands up well with this band's best work. From `Making Movies' Dire Straits started to achieve widespread international recognition leading to eventual `supergroup' status.