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Underrated - possibly the best Dire Straits album,
This review is from: Communique (Audio CD)
I was blown away by Dire Straits' debut album, which succeeded in being fresh and musical at a time when Punk and New Wave were throwing up more that was throw-away than memorable. Despite loving the first album, I believe the follow up was better.
Communique has often, unjustly in my view, been compared unfavourably with the first album. The overall sound is very similar (though 'News' shows a stylistic progression). The reason this album is better is that all of the songs (except the title track) are strong (as well as some classics - e.g. 'Lions', the first album had a few weak songs). The standouts on Communique are 'Lady Writer', which was the single and has a very similar sound to 'Sultans of Swing', 'News', which features a guitar sound which is richer than the trademark style found elsewhere on the first two albums, 'Single Handed Sailor' and 'Follow Me Home'.
This is an album which warrants repeated listening, and a reappraisal from those who had dismissed it as just an inferior copy of the first. Dire Straits are a band who started very well, and gave us four excellent albums before fading. Communique easily stands comparison with the other three.