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You know what I like about Dire Straits? Their modesty. They’re a band of elevated talents and very little hype. Not an ego band. How they ever got popular, I don’t know. It’s almost like they’re too good for popularity. I don’t see a whole lot of nostalgia for them now, but in the 80’s they were huge. Thoughtful, intimate and well-played music rarely enjoys hugeness. But the world of pop is fickle and unpredictable, and it’s nice to see good people get rewarded. Communique happens to be one of my favorite records, maybe not up there with more avidly showboating masterpieces, but quietly rewarding, and (faint praise though it sounds like) just plain always good to listen to.

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