Brothers In Arms
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In a scathing review for NME, Mat Snow criticised Knopfler's "mawkish self-pity, his lugubriously mannered appropriation of rockin' Americana, his thumpingly crass attempts at wit".
The song was nearly left off the album, but was included after the band out-voted producer Neil Dorfsman.
In 1986 Brothers in Arms won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while the 20th Anniversary Edition won another Grammy in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album,  and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards.
Despite the production values and notable contributions from guest artists like drummer Omar Hakim and the Brecker Brothers, Bull concluded that "the music lacks the ache that made Knopfler's recent soundtracks for Comfort and Joy and Cal so powerful. The music video for " Money for Nothing" received heavy rotation on MTV, and it was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on 1 August 1987. The CD and cassette versions feature full versions of "So Far Away", "Money for Nothing", "Your Latest Trick" and "Why Worry".Debby Bull gave the album a mixed review for Rolling Stone magazine, praising the "carefully crafted" effort, writing, "The record is beautifully produced, with Mark Knopfler's terrific guitar work catching the best light". Going back into the Dire Straits catalog, this one holds its own against "Making Movies" or their self-titled album, but with the addition of a few more electronic elements than previous albums. Agree with prior comments, thin yes and bright yes, not bad, just lacking the depth on the lows that makes it so.
now hooked on bands I’d never heard of let alone exploring some different sounds outside my Laneway. While it's easy to speculate that the colossal success of Brothers in Arms relates to its timing – its release during an era obsessed with catchy singles, flashy MTV videos, and whistle-friendly melodies – reasons for the album's chart-busting success primarily owe to the expertly crafted songs and memorable playing turned in by a group hitting its creative peak. The studio lineup included Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), Alan Clark (keyboardist) and Guy Fletcher, who was new to the band.I am very satisfied with this edition, even dare I say that it sounds a little better than the Music On Vinyl reissue, which I once had. If you are an Australian resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. Full and with plenty of punch together with masterful instrument separation and a lively soundscape.