OnMaking Movies, the cinematic quality of these sometimes silly but generally engaging story songs is consistently overwhelmed by its own score, a soundtrack of thundering drums, cascading piano, perpetual-motion grooves, and the clipped lead guitar lines of frontman Mark Knopfler. On "Skateaway," that sound is so engaging and catchy that it makes up for the song's slight lyric (about a girl who roller-skates in traffic), but when Knopfler provides tales that are up to the fanfare, this album is a thing of real beauty. "Romeo and Juliet" is especially strong, since it combines all the pomp with a sweet declaration of love that's downright humble.--David Cantwell
If an album were to be judged its first fifteen seconds, Making Movies would be a dud. The Carousel Waltz fades in, on curlywurly organ, and segues into some worryingly Steinman-esque introductory piano figures, leading the unsuspecting listener to expect an hour of that sort of absurd extravagaza you find on Bat out of Hell. But should you persevere to that sixteenth second you discover that no, it is simply Mr Knopfler indulging in a little pre-gig pantomime; for suddenly, out of nowhere, a freight-train … more
Dire Straits definitely peaked with this wonderful release. All the songs are great but Tunnel Of Love is just stupendous. A perfect song to romance your special lady. Roy Bittan(Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) plays some excellent piano and Mark Knophler is on top of his game on guitar. You can not go wrong with this CD.