All the Roadrunning
The arrangements of many of the songs fall fairly closely along the lines of Knopfler's previous work, with his distinctive and elegant guitar work threaded throughout the rootsy sound. The real magic happens when Emmylou's voice is added to the mix.
The showpiece of the album is perhaps the single "This Is Us," a musical interpretation of a couple flipping through a family photo album, with the two singers trading lines describing the various images seen.
Like the best of Knopfler's solo or Dire Straits work his guitar work, his guitar skips and hops across the musical arrangement like a.sleek stone across a lake. The songs are primarily Knopfler compositions, except for two written or co-written by Harris, but make no mistake: the contributions of both are essential to this fine album.
All the Roadrunning by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris is an exceptional record, an inspired collaboration by two legendary talents.