Mark Knopfler: Golden Heart (1996)


Mark Knopfler
Golden Heart; 1996
Warner Brothers
My Rating: 78/100
As frontman and artistic visionary for the wildly successful pub/prog act Dire Straits in the 1980’s, Mark Knopfler might not have become a household name but his signature guitar style was as omnipresent as the voice of Huey Lewis. After Straits fell apart in the early 90’s, Knopfler embarked on a solo career which begins with GOLDEN HEART. Judging from these results, leaving behind the overamibitious aspects of his mid-80’s work may have been the best move Knopfler could make. While acknowledging the requisite lyrical guitarism and flawless execution, Knopfler makes his greatest strides as a songwriter. There isn’t a skipper on here, which could only be said of one Straits album (their last, actually, ON EVERY STREET), and there are at least five songs that are as close to perfect as an artist can get. Additionally, Knopfler plays up the Celtic and Euro-continental influences, making this a world/roots rock record of sorts, a fabulous modernization of folk styles. With GOLDEN HEART, Knopfler artistically eclipsed the work he did in Dire Straits, and the great thing is, it keeps getting better from here.
Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Tracks:
1. Darling Pretty (4.5/5)
2. Imelda (4/5)
3. Golden Heart (5/5)
4. No Can Do (4/5)
5. Vic and Ray (4/5)
6. Don’t You Get It (5/5)
7. A Night in Summer Long Ago (4.5/5)
8. Cannibals (3.5/5)
9. I’m the Fool (5/5)
10. Je Suis Desole (4/5)
11. Rudiger (5/5)
12. Nobody’s Got the Gun (3.5/5)
13. Done with Bonaparte (5/5)
14. Are We in Trouble Now (3.5/5)

MK_Golden_HeartMark Knopfler
Golden Heart; 1996
Warner Brothers

My Rating: 78/100

As frontman and artistic visionary for the wildly successful pub/prog act Dire Straits in the 1980’s, Mark Knopfler might not have become a household name but his signature guitar style was as omnipresent as the voice of Huey Lewis. After Straits fell apart in the early 90’s, Knopfler embarked on a solo career which begins with GOLDEN HEART. Judging from these results, leaving behind the overamibitious aspects of his mid-80’s work may have been the best move Knopfler could make. While acknowledging the requisite lyrical guitarism and flawless execution, Knopfler makes his greatest strides as a songwriter. There isn’t a skipper on here, which could only be said of one Straits album (their last, actually, ON EVERY STREET), and there are at least five songs that are as close to perfect as an artist can get. Additionally, Knopfler plays up the Celtic and Euro-continental influences, making this a world/roots rock record of sorts, a fabulous modernization of folk styles. With GOLDEN HEART, Knopfler artistically eclipsed the work he did in Dire Straits, and the great thing is, it keeps getting better from here.

Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)

Tracks:

1. Darling Pretty (4.5/5)
2. Imelda (4/5)
3. Golden Heart (5/5)
4. No Can Do (4/5)
5. Vic and Ray (4/5)
6. Don’t You Get It (5/5)
7. A Night in Summer Long Ago (4.5/5)
8. Cannibals (3.5/5)
9. I’m the Fool (5/5)
10. Je Suis Desole (4/5)
11. Rudiger (5/5)
12. Nobody’s Got the Gun (3.5/5)
13. Done with Bonaparte (5/5)
14. Are We in Trouble Now (3.5/5)

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