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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!!!!!!!!!, 19 July 2004
This review is from: Communique (Audio CD)
Why communique has recieved such a bad press is beyond me. I am a hardcore dire straits and mark knopfler fan and to me this album is one of his best. I think one of the reasons it was not rated highly was due to the perfect first album being it's predecessor, how do you live upto the debut album of all debut albums?
As "dire straits" kicked off with some improvised guitar from knopfler so does communique in the form of "once upon a time in the west". The track is bluesy and concerns a wild west town and some of the goings on in this town. The track is very chilled out as is the rest of the album.
News is one of my favourite dire straits songs ever and start with just knopfler and his guitar. There are quiet moments and a very emotional fast guitar solo (one of his best). The track ends with pick withers one his own just drumming away, very groovy. KNopfler in the early Dire Straits days dedicated this track to John Lennon after he was murdered.
"Where do you think you're going" starts with acoustic guitar and builds upto a crescendo with a great solo from Mark. This song made the "money for nothing" compilation and it is easy to see why. It is reminiscent of "On Every Street" from the "On Every Street Album" in the sense it has a fast rythmic ending.
Communique is not a great song and is about Mark's journalism career. The song is actually an interesting arrangement but never really takes off. As this is the title song you'd expect it to be a classic and is perhaps one of the resons why communique got a bad press.
Lady writer certainly does take off, one of the best Knpofler tracks of all time. It is simiar to "Sultans of swing" with a very fast solo at the end with Illsey and D.Knopfler singing lady writer, very emotional and energizing.
Angel of Mercy is a good song but has never really done much for me. Remember I am talking about these songs in comparison with other dire straits songs, compared to any other song by any other artist this is pure class.
"Portobello Belle" is the "Romeo and Juliet" of the album and is slightly similar to "wild west end" in the sound of the guitar. It is a gorgeous song and uses quite a bit of piano, a sign of things to come with Makikng Movies.
Single handed sailor is so unique. The guitar is so melodic and full of rhythm and dynamics. It is a real privelidge to hear this song and is testament to the beauty of MK!
Follow me home is reflective of where the album was recorded, in the Bahamas. It is very tropical like and is beautifully writen.
I think one critism of the album is that the songs are all quite similar which I feel has some justification. Lady writer is Sultans of swing 2.
The lyrics are awesome, the guitaring very similar to the first album and put simply, it is one of the greatest albums of all time and went on to sell over 7 million world wide.
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