STEVEN – Mark Knopfler mellow on new album ‘Tracker’

Mark Knopfler mellow on new album ‘Tracker’andldquoTrackerandrdquo is pretty. Itand#39s also pretty subdued.

Mark Knopfler is on the cover of the latest issue of andldquouitaristandrdquo magazine, but not because of anything he plays here. Knopfler assigns his instrument a minor role, and even when he tries to do his andldquoSultans of Swingandrdquo thing, on andldquoBeryl,andrdquo he loses interest after three minutes and abruptly ends the song.

And he sings throughout with the gusto of a fireside Perry Como.However, Knopfler always has a winning way with a tune and an eclectic taste in topics.

On andldquoTracker,andrdquo he sings about the author Beryl Bainbridge, the poet Basil Bunting and a commune in Sicily shrouded in andldquothe mists of antiquity.andrdquo It makes for a melodious history lesson.

Despite the albumand#39s consistently mellow mood, the musical range is wide. Thereand#39s a flute solo and other Celtic ornamentation, a bit of jazz, a tribute to JJ Cale and a lovely duet with Ruth Moody.

But, aside from the halfhearted andldquoBeryl,andrdquo thereand#39s nary a nod to rock. Knopfler has sold 125 million records and doesnand#39t seem to care whether he sells 10 more, refusing to parrot his past.

Thatand#39s to be admired, so hear him out.andldquoTrackerandrdquo by Mark Knopfler is released on Verve Records.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman