“The Man’s Too Strong” by Dire Straits (1985)

4 01 2009

Dire Straits has a unique and, I think, incredible sound.   Mixing elements of blues, bluegrass and jazz into a modern rock soup, they’ve put out some stunning records, and one of my favorites is “Brothers In Arms,” the album from which this track comes.

Mark Knopfler, the singer and guitarist, has always set himself apart from other “modern” guitarists, favoring fingerpicking over power chords (he is reportedly a Chet Atkins fan).  It’s just a lot of fun to hear him play, especially in the context of the wonderful music Dire Straits has given us.

The subdued tone of this track lulls us into a false sense of security, until everything explodes upon Knopfler’s realization:  “The man’s too big/The man’s too strong.”

Pretty intense for a track without any drums.  It still knocks the wind out of me today.

(thanks to rossenpomakov for posting this track on YouTube–and from a vinyl LP no less!)




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