The last wheeze
DS was done before this album ever came out, and you can hear it on some of these tracks. It's not awful, but it's clear Mark Knopfler was done with the "Dire Straits sound" and was ready to move onto a solo career. "Elivs" is little more than a chugging vamp that never quite gets going, and "Street" is similar, although it finally does bloom in the last minute or so. "Bug" and "Fuel" are, on the other hand, polished tunes that could've been hit singles (although "Fuel" has some of the laziest, most embarassing lyrics ever). "Iron Hand" and "How Long" will sound familiar to fans of Knopfler's solo stuff. "New Orleans" is a hidden gem - bluesy but with a propulsive groove behind it. By all means, however, ignore the ridiculously bad "Ticket" and "Parties."