(1980) Making Movies

Dire Straits

... read moreWithout second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler's ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making...

38′:02″ 7 Songs

1
Tunnel Of Love
Dire Straits
8:05
2
Romeo And Juliet
Dire Straits
5:56
3
Skateaway
Dire Straits
6:40
4
Expresso Love
Dire Straits
5:12
5
Hand In Hand
Dire Straits
4:46
6
Solid Rock
Dire Straits
3:17
7
Les Boys
Dire Straits
4:06
Released 01 January 1980, ℗ 1980 Mercury Records Limited

Review

Without second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler's ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making Movies indicate. Fortunately, his skills are increasing, as the lovely "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," and "Skateaway" indicate. And Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold. The record runs out of steam toward the end, closing with the borderline offensive "Les Boys," but the remainder of Making Movies ranks among the band's finest work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine