Their Best Album
by Howard Simon
I know a lot of people consider Brothers in Arms to be DS's "masterpiece," but in my view, this is by far the better record. Working with producer Jimmy Iovine for the first time, Knopfler seems to have set out intentionally to make a great Springsteen record--and he hit it out of the park! The songs are grand in sweep and cinematic in detail (hence the title), yet each song is suffused with a sense of warmth and humor that distinguishes the very best songcraft. (Listen the way he sings, "She's got the whole world in the city . ." in "Skateaway.") And both the musicianship and production are as good as it gets--Knopfler, bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers are among the best at their respective instruments, and they hold nothing back here. And Iovine utilizes just the right number of stupid producer tricks to enhance the music without crushing it. And, as you might expect, the remastering and re-pressing are terrific and allow the music to shine. *Everything* went right here!