was released in 1996 and was Mark Knopfler
's way of walking away from the stadium days of Dire Straits
. Which really on the personnel side didn't mean that much - dire straits by that point had dwindled to Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley and Mark, John and Alan stayed behind, but Mark took Guy to Nashville to record this album. He found some great sidemen there, Richard Bennett, Glenn Worf, Jim Cox and the best drummer to work with Mark since Pick Withers, Chad Cromwell(this guy is amazing.)
The songwriting on this album is not as big as a departure from the songwriting on On Every Street
, as say from Making Movies
to Love Over Gold
, but there's certainly a little more of maturity present here. I think it's unfair when people say Mark Knopfler changed his style of music when he went solo, because this has been apparent all through his career, all the straits album apart from the first two are all very different in styles.