Label: Virgin Emi
Tracker is yet another showcase for Mark Knopfler's subtle blend of Celtic folk, blues-rock, country and jazz. The journey commences with the nostalgic "Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes," a smooth gallop through the Irish countryside featuring fiddles, flutes and a "Take Five"-style vamp. Despite the peppy opener, the bulk of the record is given over to ruminative ballads, including "Heart of Oak," "Long Cool Girl," "My Heart Has Never Changed" and "Wherever I Go," featuring Wailin' Jenny Ruth Moody. This is as it should be: Knopfler has always been a sucker for a sad, slow song.