- 5:15 am
- Boom, Like That
- Sucker Row
- The Trawlerman's Song
- Back to Tupelo
- Our Shangri-La
- Everybody Pays
- Song for Sonny Liston
- Whoop De Doo
- Postcards from Paraguay
- All That Matters
- Stand Up Guy
- Donegan's Gone
- Don't Crash the Ambulance
On his fourth solo outing, Mark Knopfler seems to have gotten something of an energy transfusion, making Shangri-La his most straightforwardly rocking effort since the singer-guitarist split from Dire Straits. Given that Knopfler was virtually single-handedly responsible for creating that band's stealthily smoking sound, it's fair that he nods to his past -- most notably on the languid honky-tonk musing "Boom Like That" (an homage of sorts to fast food pioneer Ray Kroc) -- while carving out plenty of the sinewy guitar solos fans have come to expect. On "Song for Sonny Liston," that translates into a surprisingly gnarled electric blues vibe; on the darkly humorous "Don't Crash the Ambulance," it means a foray into mariachi territory. Most of the disc, in keeping with Knopfler's usual M.O., is steeped in the sepia tones of Americana past, from the country tinges that adorn "Back to Tupelo" to the Big Easy inflections of "The Trawlerman's Song." Longtime compatriots like pedal steel player Paul Franklin (who ratchets up the party atmosphere of "Whoop De Doo") and organist Richard Bennett contribute to the disc's overriding warm glow, but it's Knopfler himself who flicks the switch that really illuminates these songs.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsMark Knopfler Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,spanish guitar,Bottleneck Guitar,Fender Stratocaster,Fender Telecaster
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,tiple,Fender Stratocaster,Pensa-Suhr Custom
Jim Cox Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Hammond Organ,Melodica
Chad Cromwell Percussion,Drums
Guy Fletcher Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass,Upright Bass
Technical CreditsGuy Fletcher Engineer
Mark Knopfler Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Ainlay Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shangri-La based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Shangri-La is a good album for those who are big Knopfler fans. Being a giant Dire Straits fan myself, I wouldn't consider this Knopflers best work, though the album is still very good. If I had to, I would classify this as a sort of Hawaiian Rock which has a unique sound. Over all this is a good album and I would recomend it to any Knopfler fan.
Not very inspired.
Shangri-La is perhaps the SLOWEST Mark Knopfler album since leaving Dire Straits. Please bear in mind that I'm a HUGE MK fan. I'd pay money to see him clean chalkboards. He wouldn't even have to play guitar. Perhaps that is what he had in mind when sleeping his way through the tracks on this CD? MK has forgotten that he is an extraordinary Lead Guitarist and that is why we've been fans for so long. On Shangri-La, he does little more than MK noodlings-- the kind of thing that could be heard in the slower sections of any other MK CD. While I generally applaud Mark's fascination with American Roots music, he seems to have forgotten that he owns an amplifier and a herd of effects pedals. B&N's reviewer David Sprague says that this album rocks, "his most straightforwardly rocking effort since the singer-guitarist split from Dire Straits". It scares me how close to death the reviewer must have been to perceive that this album rocks. It does not. There is no powerful guitar as found on Sailing to Philadelphia. There is no drama as found on Screen Playing. There is only noodling, that dare I say it, I could probably play with a few hours of practice. Now that we've established that there is no rock here. Let's look at it in its proper place: Adult Easy Listening. This is a mellow CD, suitable for a quiet dinner with the spouse or long-time girlfriend. It is the perfect album to put on as you are trying to unwind from a busy day and don't mind if you pass out in the middle of track 7 and wake up with a puddle of drool on the liner notes. But make sure you have Sailing to Philadelphia in the changer behind this one or you might not wake up in time to go to work in the morning. "What it Is" rocks harder than any 6 songs on this CD combined. This CD rarely rises above the noise level of dinner conversation. All in all, if you are looking for a Slow Motion Mark Knopfler, this is your disc. It will grow on you after 4 or 5 listenings, but if you are longing for even a small taste of the Mark Knopfler you fell in love with in Dire Straits, perhaps you are better off spending your money elsewhere. Forewarned is Fore-Brothers-in-Armed
This is Mark Knopfler's best CD since Dire Straits. While it does lack the electric guitar fueled drive Dire Straits exhibited in "Money for Nothing" or "Heavy Fuel", "Shangri-la" does have a slick, cool blues infused sound reminiscent of Dire Straits' "Fade to Black" or "When It Comes to You." The whole CD is good, but a few tracks stand out such as "Don't Crash the Ambulance" (with probably the slickest sound coupled with Knopfler's sly, sardonic sense of humor), "Song for Sonny Liston","Boom, Like That", "Postcards from Paraguay", and "Everybody Pays."