ALBUM REVIEW : TRACKER
ARTIST : MARK KNOPFLER
GENRE : POP / ROCK/BLUES/INSTRUMENTAL
DATE RELEASED : 2015
The legendary frontman of Dire Straits on another solo album and do not expect that the whole album will be as rock as Dire Straits can be. In this album, he decided to act his age and perform songs that are easy to your ears and lyrics that are full of wisdom, emotions, and experience. It is like reading a timeline on Facebook after listening to the songs in the whole album.
In “Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes,” he sang about a memory of misspent youth but not regretting altogether except when realizing that one finally succumbed to abuses of being broke all the time and not caring at all. In “Basil,” he recounted how life was so simple then that even if you have less money you still get to enjoy meeting friends and have fun memorably. The lyrics in “Oklahoma Ponies” for example are stuff that you could have read on a Facebook shoutout.
Yes, the narratives in the song are so real that you can actually imagine yourself being part or witnessing the whole situation mention in the song. It is like eavesdropping on a neighbours’ house. Musically, there are shades of Willie Nelson in this record, there are also imprints of Bob Dylan. The use real instrument made this record very endearing as it really sets the listener into a mood that the song wants to convey while listening to this record.
For some, this might be a boring record as for them this record is intended for the oldies, however, you can never argue that this album is just trying to be true to Mark Knopfler intention which is probably just to share his thought in a melody; no pretensions involved. With that I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it