Get Lucky (Mark Knopfler album)

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Get Lucky
Studio album by Mark Knopfler
Released 14 September 2009
Recorded British Grove Studios
October 2008 – March 2009
Genre Roots rock, Celtic rock,
folk rock
Length 52:03[1]
Label Mercury
Reprise (USA)
Producer Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler chronology
Kill to Get Crimson
(2007)
Get Lucky
(2009)
Privateering
(2012)

Get Lucky is the sixth solo album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 14 September 2009 in Europe by Mercury Records, and on 15 September in the United States by Reprise Records. The album was released in four formats, including CD, a Limited Edition CD/DVD Digipak, a Deluxe Edition Boxset, and a double vinyl album. Get Lucky received generally favorable reviews,[2] and reached the top three positions on album charts in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland. The album peaked at number nine in the United Kingdom, and number 17 in the United States.[3]

Recording[edit]

Get Lucky was recorded at British Grove Studios in London between October 2008 and March 2009.[4]

Release[edit]

Get Lucky was released on 14 September 2009 in four formats. The Standard International version is a CD containing eleven songs. The Limited Edition version is a CD/DVD Digipak, which includes a tour of British Grove Studio conducted by Mark and Chuck Ainlay. The Deluxe Edition Boxset contains 3 engraved poker chips, 2 branded poker craps, a guitar tab for the title track, 2 180g vinyl LPs, a facsimile gig ticket, and a DVD containing 1 acoustic track performed live, a video tour of British Grove Studios with interviews, and a short 20-minute film. The Vinyl Edition version is a double vinyl LP.

Composition[edit]

The song "The Car Was the One" is based on a story in The Unfair Advantage, an autobiography by race car driver Mark Donohue.[5]

Touring[edit]

Main article: Get Lucky Tour

Knopfler promoted the album with two tours in 2010. The North American tour started on 8 April 2010 in Seattle, Washington, and included 28 concerts in 27 cities, ending on 9 May 2010 in Albany, New York.[6] The European tour started on 9 September 2010 in London, UK, and included 60 concerts in 52 cities, ending on 31 July 2010 in Ávila, Spain. The tour included a six-night run at the Royal Albert Hall in London.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100 [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 9.5/10 stars [8]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [10]
Sound & Vision 4.5/4 stars [11]

In his review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann gave the album three and a half out of five stars, noting that although Glasgow-born Knopfler comes by the Celtic influence honestly, he "seems to be trying to create his own pseudo-traditional repertoire of what often sound like old folk songs."[1]

In his review for PopMatters, Michael Kabran gave the album seven out of ten stars, noting that the album is "filled with sweeping strings, subtle melodies, bluesy guitar bits, and Knopfler’s usual smart lyrics."[9] Kabran concluded, "Knopfler has created an enjoyable collection of blues shuffles, countrified ballads, and Celtic-influenced folk songs that deserves attention and, perhaps most important, deserves to stand on its own."[9]

In his review for Sound & Vision, Mike Mettler gave the album four and a half out of five stars, noting that Knopfler "continues to evolve as a storyteller who's never afraid of shying away from rock theatrics to explore his considerable British roots."[11]

In his review for AbsolutePunk, Thomas Nassiff gave the album a 95% rating, praising the album's "refreshing insight" and "phenomenal songwriting".[8]

In his review for Rolling Stone, Michael Tremmel gave the album four out of five stars.[10]

On the review aggregator website, Metacritic, Get Lucky holds a Metascore of 63, meaning the album has received "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler.

No. Title Length
1. "Border Reiver"   4:35
2. "Hard Shoulder"   4:33
3. "You Can't Beat the House"   3:25
4. "Before Gas and TV"   5:50
5. "Monteleone"   3:39
6. "Cleaning My Gun"   4:43
7. "The Car Was the One"   3:55
8. "Remembrance Day"   5:05
9. "Get Lucky"   4:33
10. "So Far from the Clyde"   5:58
11. "Piper to the End"   5:47
Total length:
52:03
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Early Bird"   5:36
13. "Time in the Sun"   2:52


Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "Pulling Down the Ride"   2:41
15. "Home Boy"   3:15
16. "Good as Gold"   3:27

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Guy Fletcher – co-producer, engineer
  • Chuck Ainlay – co-producer, engineer
  • Rich Cooper – assistant engineer
  • Martin Hollis – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Australia Albums Chart[12] 43
Austria Albums Chart[13] 10
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[14] 17
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)[15] 8
Canadian Albums Chart[16] 16
Denmark Albums Chart[17] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 3
European Albums Chart[19] 2
Finland Albums Chart[20] 17
France Albums Chart[21] 10
Germany Albums Chart[22] 2
Hungary Albums Chart[23] 13
Italy Albums Chart[24] 2
Irish Albums Chart[25] 25
Norway Albums Chart[26] 1
Poland Albums Chart[27] 3
Portugal Albums Chart[28] 9
New Zealand Albums Chart[29] 5
Spain Albums Chart[30] 4
Sweden Albums Chart[31] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[32] 5
UK Albums Chart[33] 9
US Billboard 200[34] 17
US Billboard Rock Album[35] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Rank
Germany Albums Chart[36] 47
Italy Albums Chart[37] 93
Swiss Albums Chart[38] 98

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 100,000^
Italy (FIMI)[40] Gold 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[41] Gold 10,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[42] Platinum 30,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Get Lucky". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
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  40. ^ "Italian album certifications – Mark Knopfler – Get Lucky" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Mark Knopfler in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
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  42. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Mark Knopfler – Get Lucky" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 

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