Dire Straits / Brothers in Arms
Artist Dire Straits
Title Brothers in Arms
Format CD
Released 1985
Label Vertigo
Tracks
1. So Far Away (5:12)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
2. Money for Nothing (8:26)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd./Sting)
3. Walk of Life (4:12)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
4. Your Latest Trick (6:33)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
5. Why Worry (8:31)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
6. Ride Across the River (6:58)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
7. The Man's Too Strong (4:40)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
8. One World (3:40)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
9. Brothers in Arms (6:59)
((P) 1985 Mercury Records Limited/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP/Chariscourt Ltd. PRS/Mark Knopfler/Rondor Music Ltd.)
Notes Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine 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.]