Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I had a boss who was obsessed with Knopfler's solo stuff. He always told me to give it a listen with me being a guitarist and all, but I never got around to it. This was ~7 years ago now.
The timing makes sense. Shangri-La
came out in 2004.
If you're a fan of his stuff at all, it's definitely worth checking out his solo work. Shangri-La
is fantastic. All the Roadrunning
, which is a collaboration with Emmylou Harris, is also awesome. He has some others, as well, but I don't have them all, despite the fact that I've long been telling myself to pick them up.
I will say that his solo stuff doesn't feature his guitar playing the same way as Dire Straits did, but the composition and song structure are much better. It's basically a trade-off between Knopfler the guitarist and Knoplfer the musician, and I strongly prefer the latter.
Originally Posted by Thomas
There's this, plus the kids aspect of it. There's one not far from us that has a huge play area and is done up in a Sesame-Street vibe (no kid-touchers), which more or less renders the food aspect secondary.
That helps, too. It's hard to overstate the value of getting the kids fed and letting them burn some energy all in one stop.