With a chameleon-like touch Mark Knopfler has created an album that sounds like a mix between Scottish and Irish folk songs and his usual rock sound. "Kill to Get Crimson" is full of flutes, horns, accordians, and fiddles to amplify that effect. They sound very much like a bunch of tunes you would sing around the fire and which tell interconnecting stories. The lyrics on all the songs flesh out a complete story for you if you bother to take the time to listen. He truly harkens back to the era of the balladeer who would travel around telling stories musically. Without wanting to sound negative, much of the album sounds like stuff you would hear on a street corner from a busker. For long-time fans do not fret as his marvelous guitar playing is still there along with that distinctive baritone.