Dire Straits (album omonimo del 1978)

Per chi scrive è affascinante, sublime e folgorante il debutto discografico che assurge a impatto (o quasi) allo stato di classico/capolavoro: tra questi esordi c’è anche DIRE STRAITS del 1978 di Mark Knopfler & Co.

Apre Down to the waterline con un testo che racconta i trascorsi di una donna col suo uomo, argomento malinconico, bilanciato da un elevato ritmo. Water of love affronta il tema della solitudine affondando le radici nel country con maestosa attualità. Setting me up aggiunge a quest’ultimo una genuina sferzata rock. Six blade knife abbassa i toni con un elegante e soffuso tema musicale. Tra introspezione e autobiografia ecco Southbound again, grande cavalcata in simbiosi tra rock e quel country magnifico marchio di fabbrica dell’album. Sultans of swing è il brano più famoso dello stesso, con il celeberrimo assolo di Knopfler in coda al brano, una prova di chitarra che suona da punto di riferimento. In the gallery racconta dello scultore Harry Phillips, padre di un collega di Knopfler: bello il basso Illsley che dà un’ombra sonora al pezzo. La dolce e melodica Wild west end è puntellata dalle corde di Mark e resa rilassante dai cori. Lions chiude i battenti con un buon supporto di Pick Withers alla batteria ed il coro che accompagna una notevole prestazione stilistica del gruppo.

In conclusione un Grande opera che in seguito avrà altri capitoli esaltanti, 9 brani che suonano come una prova di maturità invece di un inizio ed indelebile resta quel marchio country reinventato dal gruppo.

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