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Upon release, ''Communiqué'' was met with tepid responses from fans and critics alike, both of whom considered it [[SophomoreSlump an inferior retread of its predecessor]]. Consequently, it would fall into obscurity for the rest of the band's lifetime, only returning to public notice during the band's remastering campaign in the 1990's. Still, it was another commercial success for the band (even if it sold less than its predecessor), peaking at No. 5 in the UK and No. 11 in the US and topping the charts in Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden. It would later be certified triple-platinum in Switzerland, double-platinum in Canada and France, platinum in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, and gold in the US, Austria, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden. Additionally, the album would ultimately pick up a cult following among fans, [[VindicatedByHistory ultimately being regarded as a decent album in its own right]], albeit overshadowed by the even greater quality of the records before and after it.

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Upon release, ''Communiqué'' was met with tepid responses from fans and critics alike, both of whom considered it [[SophomoreSlump an inferior retread of its predecessor]]. Consequently, it would fall into obscurity for the rest of the band's lifetime, only returning to public notice during the band's remastering campaign in the 1990's. Still, it was another commercial success for the band (even if it sold less than its predecessor), peaking peaked at No. 5 in the UK and No. 11 in the US and topping topped the charts in Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden. It would later be certified triple-platinum in Switzerland, double-platinum in Canada and France, platinum in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, and gold in the US, Austria, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden. Additionally, the album would ultimately pick up a cult following among fans, [[VindicatedByHistory ultimately being regarded as a decent album in its own right]], albeit overshadowed by the even greater quality of the records before and after it.
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* TheWestern: "Once Upon a Time in the West" is a {{deconstruction}} of this setting, being a Revisionist Western tale that goes out of its way to show how brutal and inglorious the Wild West actually was.

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* LyricalColdOpen: "Angel of Mercy" opens with Mark Knopfler singing the first few words of the song unaccompanied before the instruments kick in.

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"She's just lying there in silent pain."'']]

''Communiqué'', released in 1979, is the second studio album by English roots rock group Music/DireStraits. Recorded just after the end of the supporting tour for [[Music/DireStraitsAlbum their debut album]], this follow-up sees the band continue the {{blues}}-inspired, rural-sounding style of music that characterized its predecessor, but orients it in a more laid back and contemplative direction. The lyricism in particular sees a noticeable shift in style, with more ironic portraits of its characters and settings that would grow in prominence on the band's later material. The record was notably the last to feature the involvement of frontman Mark Knopfler's brother, David, who would quit the band during sessions for [[Music/MakingMovies their next album]] due to CreativeDifferences with Mark.

Upon release, ''Communiqué'' was met with tepid responses from fans and critics alike, both of whom considered it [[SophomoreSlump an inferior retread of its predecessor]]. Consequently, it would fall into obscurity for the rest of the band's lifetime, only returning to public notice during the band's remastering campaign in the 1990's. Still, it was another commercial success for the band (even if it sold less than its predecessor), peaking at No. 5 in the UK and No. 11 in the US and topping the charts in Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden. It would later be certified triple-platinum in Switzerland, double-platinum in Canada and France, platinum in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, and gold in the US, Austria, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden. Additionally, the album would ultimately pick up a cult following among fans, [[VindicatedByHistory ultimately being regarded as a decent album in its own right]], albeit overshadowed by the even greater quality of the records before and after it.

''Communiqué'' was supported by one single: "Lady Writer".

!!Tracklist:
[[AC:Side One]]
# "Once Upon a Time in the West" (5:25)
# "News" (4:14)
# "Where Do You Think You're Going?" (3:49)
# "Communiqué" (5:49)

[[AC: Side Two]]
# "Lady Writer" (3:45)
# "Angel of Mercy" (4:36)
# "Portobello Belle" (4:29)
# "Single-Handed Sailor" (4:42)
# "Follow Me Home" (5:50)

!!''She thinks she's tough-- she ain't no English trope'':
* AlliterativeTitle: "'''S'''ingle-Handed '''S'''ailor"
* AntiLoveSong: "Where Do You Think You're Going?" is narrated by an arrogant guy who drives off his partner with his prideful attitude.
* BreatherEpisode: "Lady Writer" is the only upbeat-sounding song on an album that's otherwise very quiet and brooding.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The album cover depicts a lavish painting of a man wandering the desert at night, tucked within an envelope that sits against a deceptively flat blue background.
* EnglishRose: The trope is mentioned by name in the chorus of "Portobello Belle".
* EpicRocking: "Follow Me Home" falls just short of six minutes.
* LongestSongGoesLast: The album closes with the 5:50 "Follow Me Home".
* MinimalisticCoverArt: Barring the detailed envelope painting, the album cover is otherwise just a band name and title in sans serif font against a flat blue background.
* NewSoundAlbum: While still the same roots rock heard on [[Music/DireStraitsAlbum the band's previous album]], this record marks a shift to slower, more downbeat music with greater lyrical irony. The album also sees the first hints of the band's later, more atmospheric sound, not just from the shift in mood, but also on touches like the drumbeat-driven ending on "News".
* OneWordTitle: ''Communiqué'', "News", "Communiqué".
* PoorCommunicationKills: The subject matter of "Communiqué", in which a man's verbal evasiveness ultimately results in the local rumor mill swallowing him up.
* ShoutOut: The opening line of "Angel of Mercy" mentions "a Literature/PeterPan moon."
* TitleTrack: "Communiqué"
* TheWestern: "Once Upon a Time in the West" is a {{deconstruction}} of this setting, being a Revisionist Western tale that goes out of its way to show how brutal and inglorious the Wild West actually was.

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