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Scaled smaller than 2012's double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap seats in an arena, but Tracker feels quieter than his new millennial norm. Some of this is due to the undercurrent of reflection tugging at the record's momentum. Knopfler isn't pining for the past but he is looking back, sometimes wistfully, sometimes with a resigned smile, and he appropriately draws upon sounds that he's long loved. Usually, this means some variation of pub rock -- the languid ballad "River Towns," the lazy shuffle "Skydiver," the two-chord groove of "Broken Bones" -- but this is merely the foundation from which Knopfler threads in a fair amount of olde British folk and other roots digressions. This delicate melancholy complements echoes of older Knopfler songs -- significant stretches of the record are reminiscent of the moodier aspects of Brothers in Arms, while "Beryl" has just a bit of the "Sultans of Swing" bounce -- and this skillful interweaving of Knopfler's personal past helps give Tracker a nicely gentle resonance.
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1
Laughs And Jokes And Drinks And Smokes
00:06:40

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Guitar, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Molsky, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

2
Basil
00:05:43

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

3
River Towns
00:06:16

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hitchcock, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

4
Skydiver
00:04:38

Ian Thomas, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Ukulele, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

5
Mighty Man
00:05:54

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Molsky, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

6
Broken Bones
00:05:30

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

7
Long Cool Girl
00:05:05

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

8
Lights Of Taormina
00:06:08

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Tenor Guitar, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Molsky, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

9
Silver Eagle
00:05:01

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

10
Beryl
00:03:10

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited

11
Wherever I Go
00:06:24

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hitchcock, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Additional Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

12
.38 Special
00:02:46

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Molsky, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

13
My Heart Has Never Changed
00:03:48

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

14
Terminal Of Tribute To
00:05:51

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

15
Heart Of Oak
00:01:43

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Music Production, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kearns, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Cittern, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, Wooden Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

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Scaled smaller than 2012's double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap seats in an arena, but Tracker feels quieter than his new millennial norm. Some of this is due to the undercurrent of reflection tugging at the record's momentum. Knopfler isn't pining for the past but he is looking back, sometimes wistfully, sometimes with a resigned smile, and he appropriately draws upon sounds that he's long loved. Usually, this means some variation of pub rock -- the languid ballad "River Towns," the lazy shuffle "Skydiver," the two-chord groove of "Broken Bones" -- but this is merely the foundation from which Knopfler threads in a fair amount of olde British folk and other roots digressions. This delicate melancholy complements echoes of older Knopfler songs -- significant stretches of the record are reminiscent of the moodier aspects of Brothers in Arms, while "Beryl" has just a bit of the "Sultans of Swing" bounce -- and this skillful interweaving of Knopfler's personal past helps give Tracker a nicely gentle resonance.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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