Song: Brothers In Arms
Band: Dire Straits
From the massive 1985 album of the same name comes this piercing signature track, which closed out the album. Among its many other attributes, it perfectly exemplifies band leader Mark Knophler’s understated approach to the electric guitar. There’s a sense of willfully restrained power, even when he really opens up and starts to soar above the organ swells. Few songs he’s ever written approach the emotional depth and melancholy resonance of this haunting song about war and unspeakable loss. The poetic lyrics are matched only by the lambent eloquence of his searing guitar lines.