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5.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits best, 1 Mar 2007
This review is from: Communique (Audio CD)
It was my parents who introduced me to this band, that is, I heard them all the time in the seventies, after the release of "Dire Straits". Of course, I got into all the 'famous' stuff they did; Sultans of swing, then Romeo and Juliet; Telegraph Road...then brothers in arms(most of the album). BUT something was overlooked. Something Dire Straits did went almost unnoticed at the time..though I secretly always liked it. Now, I personally regard Communique as the band's greatest album and I can barely listen to the rest. Take 'once upon a time in the west'. This song alone has enough atmosphere to extinguish most of their other work. The guitar playing on this album is measured; beautiful. Mark Knopfler does 'let rip' on occasion (Lady writer) but it needs no endless guitar solos to prove great guitar playing from a man who is inconcievably joined to his guitar as much as Hendrix called it 'an extension of the body'. Knopfler has a guitar in his hands all day but I feel that with this album he showed that he can allow a damned good band to speak too. Every good drumbeat, every rythmic strum from his long-forgotten brother, every nuance in every song is fully the effort of a band, not just one guy who can play guitar, but four blokes with instruments creating something very unique, very atmospheric. This is the only album on which Dire Straits played entirely equally as a band.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2010 09:16:46 BDT
here here, great review to tee.

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 17:41:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2011 17:43:17 GMT
Franco says:
Good review, but I think it's a little harsh to say that the other albums are barely listen-able, but this is entirely your opinion, so I guess that's just your preference. I like all their albums (not all their songs, mind you) but I still regard the first album as a classic. And the guitar in the song 'Brothers in Arms' is still awesome. But yes, Communique is of a very similar style to the first album, which is certainly no bad thing as the first album is very good, and as you say has that raw sound to it.

Posted on 9 May 2011 18:46:10 BDT
J Espley says:
I totally agree.
Whilst there are good songs on other albums, this is the only one I enjoy listening right through.
I think it has something to do with the fact that it was recorded in the Bahamas.
It has that feel to it. Sandy beeches, palm branches swaying in the warm breeze, the gentle crashing of the waves.
If you want is to listen to something gentle and be transported to another environment, then this album will take you there.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2011 22:30:19 BDT
street-legal says:
I agree J Espley. It was also the last album they did before dodgy 80's production values got in the way. It scuppered a lot of great artists, unfortunately. If only Dire Straits had formed about five years earlier!

Posted on 6 Oct 2013 13:40:04 BDT
Def Jef says:
I've thought the same for a long time. The first album is patchy. After Communique came a lot of bombast (although I do like a little bit of bombast from time to time) but this is a subtly beautiful record that always sounds good and has been a source of inspiration for my guitar playing far more than any other Dire Straits album. It also led me to seek out JJ Cale and early Seventies Clapton for which I can only be eternally grateful. Quite how such a young band from England in strike torn, punky times became so good at this kind of stuff is utterly beyond me, but vive la différence.
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