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This review is from: Communique (Audio CD)
Cut from a similar cloth to their debut, but with a more polished production, 'Communique' shows that Mark Knopfler's inspired songwriting was no fluke. Nevertheless, the subtle sheen placed on its sound makes it a little less engaging. Most of the tracks are mid-tempo at best. The exceptions are the minor hit, 'Lady Writer,' and the latter part of 'Where Do You Think You're Going?' Knopfler seems to have a knack for rhythmic, pointed lyricism and little riffs that leave an indelible mark. Some of the material is not quite up to his usual standards, notably the title track, but, as on the debut, the band gel superbly throughout.
This is a fine companion album to the debut, but it's a fair bet that the band were plotting something of a more epic nature soon after this, otherwise they might have gone stale.