My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Dire Straits is the debut album by the British band of the same name. It was recorded during a month long period in early 1978 and released in October that year. The album staggered along until “Sultans of Swing” became a hit in the US and UK six months after it was released.
What I think: I’m not a die hard Dire Straits fan, but I to like them enough to have heard most of their albums and this isn’t one I really enjoy. There isn’t anything wrong with it but there is, overall, something missing in it that most of their other albums have. It’s a uniqueness in sound, something that takes good songs and makes them magical. I get glimpses of it on “Down to the Waterline”, “Sultans of Swing” and “Wild West End”, but that magic is fleeting and makes this album a collection of songs that are all okay yet unspectacular.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I think this one should have been skipped. It’s fine, but the band will go on to do amazing things so it’s not like this is their only chance.
Rating (Out of 5): 2/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (102/432)
Amount that are new to me: 76%