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Album Review

Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of Dire Straits' self-titled debut album, the group's sophomore effort, Communiqué, continues in the same vein. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J.J. Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provides more examples of it. "Lady Writer" (a lesser singles chart entry on both sides of the Atlantic) nearly duplicated the sound of "Sultans of Swing," even if . Communiqué sold immediately to Dire Straits' established audience, but no more, and it did not fare as well critically as its predecessor or its follow-up.

Customer Reviews

Communique

Single WAS taken from this album - Lady Writer, but listen to "Follow me Home" and then the rest of the album. Every bit as good as the debut album, featuiring the blossoming MK songwriting skills and sublime guitar work.

Only 4 Star

A great album much over looked in the Dire Straits back numbers but should allows be the second or third on any list of Dire Straits CD's

Dire straits- communique

I believe this album was recorded in the carribean and I think the songs reflect that. Wonderfully relaxing songs painting pictures in your head. Stick it on when you just want to chill out its great. Another knopfler triumph download today!!!

Biography

Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back blues-rock of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song...
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