Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. About as far removed from Dire Straits as it can be.
  2. Upon repeated listens, there are plenty of musical nuances to enjoy.
  3. Mojo
    70
    Without ostentation, The Ragpicker's Dream draws his major sources together: R&B, country, North-East folk. [Oct 2002, p.106]
  4. Blender
    60
    If his subject matter is getting stranger, however, his semiacoustic music is comfortingly familiar and expert. [#11, p.135]
  5. An album that can express itself only through understatement.
  6. Q Magazine
    60
    Dig deeper, and you'll find rich arrangements more reminiscent of Knopfler's soundtrack work. [Oct 2002, p.110]
  7. The Ragpicker’s Dream is a restrained success, at least on its own terms. It may not please some of Knopfler’s old “Money For Nothing” fans, but at this stage, he’s obviously not trying to.
  8. Uncut
    40
    A decent album of roots-tinged songs that showcases his terse guitar style and detached vocals to solid if unspectacular effect. [Nov 2002, p.122]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. linseyd
    Dec 20, 2006
    10
    great folksy album.
  2. EMILION
    May 24, 2006
    10
    Just another fabulous album from Knopfler. Hill farmer's blus ist simply wonderful
  3. lowrykun
    Dec 14, 2005
    6
    This is a good, mello album. There is nothing too dynamic or catchy here, but not a bad album. It's quite a bit more folksy than some of This is a good, mello album. There is nothing too dynamic or catchy here, but not a bad album. It's quite a bit more folksy than some of the previous albums. Additionally, I think that his voice doesn't have the range or control that it once had (which isn't saying much because he has a pretty limited range). Full Review »