Get Lucky CD
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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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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Knopfler is excellent - gone are the bandana days, just excellent r&b.Published 1 month ago by Badgermonkey007
Another great album by Mark. Came bang on time, was well packaged and is exactly as describedPublished 3 months ago by DEEJAYBEE
Excellent value, Excellent quality and excellent service. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by bisto