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  • Summary: The former Dire Straits leader returns with a disc full of brand-new originals, his first release since recovering from a serious motorcycle accident.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. A wry and considered thing. [Oct 2004, p.128]
  2. Knopfler fans and lovers of Chet Atkins, Gordon Lightfoot, and J.J. Cale, as well as late-night poker players and early risers with an acerbic streak, will find much to love here.
  3. Mixes sunniness and darkness in artful ways. [28 Oct 2004, p.102]
  4. 60
    There is genius in here... [but] Shangri-La does sometimes drift into lazily delivered Knopfler history lessons. [Nov 2004, p.96]
  5. 40
    Like [J.J.] Cale, Knopfler prefers murmuring to emoting while threading fancy little guitar figures through songs that can't decide whether to shuffle into the haze or nod off. [Nov 2004, p.136]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. elbertj
    Jan 12, 2005
    10
    Mark Knopfler once again has come through with another fine works. While I agree the guitar solos we all love so much were minimal compared Mark Knopfler once again has come through with another fine works. While I agree the guitar solos we all love so much were minimal compared to his other projects, it is truly an awesome album. Mark is my favorite musician in the world. Expand
  2. MatthieuR
    Oct 28, 2004
    10
    If you like Knopfler, you'll love this album. It is more accessible than the folksy "Ragpicker's Dream", and shows yet again how If you like Knopfler, you'll love this album. It is more accessible than the folksy "Ragpicker's Dream", and shows yet again how Knopfler is one of this generation's best, most original songwriters Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    The only hard time I have with Mark Knopfler's music is when it's time to figure out which album I want to listen to. Shanrgi-la onlyThe only hard time I have with Mark Knopfler's music is when it's time to figure out which album I want to listen to. Shanrgi-la only delights, after countless spins. Expand
  4. MadhusudanT
    Feb 21, 2005
    10
    This CD is great.....music is breathtaking......go and get it now
  5. VidarP
    Apr 24, 2006
    10
    Fantastic, those that don't agree are tonedeaf
  6. RichardB
    Jun 7, 2006
    10
    This is Mark Knopfler post Dire Straits, the best solo album he has done and showing an incredible maturity in his voice, the album is worth This is Mark Knopfler post Dire Straits, the best solo album he has done and showing an incredible maturity in his voice, the album is worth it for 5:15am alone! Expand
  7. MORGANM
    Dec 31, 2004
    4
    Sorry but Mark's phoning it in on this one - a couple of tracks try to raise their heads but basically it's bad Brit C&W and Sorry but Mark's phoning it in on this one - a couple of tracks try to raise their heads but basically it's bad Brit C&W and depressing too, saved only by the predictably high production values. Only buy if you aim to leave your kids the full MK set! Expand

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