Apparently it took 7 years off and on for this album to be recorded. Wow! The two artists must have really been committed to making it. When something takes 7 years to complete I think it is normal that it comes with high expectations. Though it is a consistent album, with a consistent sound; it doesn't have that 'oomph' I expected. Most of the songs, while good, sound the same and are all of the same tempo. Knopfler does show his great skill as a guitarist and Harris's vocals are like those of an angel. The music itself has definite country, Celtic and folk sounds to it. This is a true collaboration between two mega stars. Mark Knopfler wrote 10 of the tracks and Emmylou Harris wrote 2. You can catch Emmylou Harris when she accompanies Daniel Lanois on the stage at Place des Arts on Thursday, July 6th.