An ideal collaboration between Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris would naturally involve Knopfler's considerable guitar-playing skills and the singing of Harris. Unfortunately for All The Roadrunning, Knopfer isn't content with the string-bending indulgence we've come to expect; he also contributes 10 of the 12 folkish compositions. And since Knopfler also fancies himself a bit of a crooner, you get to hear him bellowing himself silly all over the place as if to prove himself a worthy vocal counterpart. Although Harris does her best with some tasteful harmonies to save the session from the usual Knopfler over-egging, there's only so much she can do, being that Knopfler has also appointed himself co-producer.
Watch Emmylou Harris steal the spotlight from Mark Knopfler at the Molson Amphitheatre Monday (June 19).