(1985) Brothers In Arms

Dire Straits

... read moreBrothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing," a sardonic...

54′:40″ 9 Songs

1
So Far Away (Full Version)
Dire Straits
5:05
2
Money For Nothing
Dire Straits
8:25
3
Walk Of Life
Dire Straits
4:07
4
Your Latest Trick
Dire Straits
6:29
5
Why Worry?
Dire Straits
8:25
6
Ride Across The River
Dire Straits
6:57
7
The Man's Too Strong
Dire Straits
4:36
8
One World
Dire Straits
3:36
9
Brothers In Arms
Dire Straits
7:00
Released 01 January 1985, ℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

Review

Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing," a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler's increased sense of pop songcraft -- "Money for Nothing" had an indelible guitar riff, "Walk of Life" is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on "Sultans of Swing," and the melodies of the bluesy "So Far Away" and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style "Why Worry" were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn't maintain that consistency through the rest of the album -- only the jazzy "Your Latest Trick" and the flinty "Ride Across the River" make an impact -- Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it's distinctive within their catalog. [In 2005 Mercury released a 20th anniversary limited edition version of Brothers in Arms in the Hybrid/SACD format.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine