|1. Once Upon a Time in the West|
|3. Where Do You Think You're Going|
|5. Lady Writer|
|6. Angel of Mercy|
|7. Portobello Belle|
|8. Single Headed Sailor|
|9. Follow Me Home|
"Once Upon a Time in the West" is also a good tune with a loping Reggae-like beat, but I prefer the live version on "Alchemy" to this studio version. As a whole, "Communique" is a bit too laid back and unexciting to get a top rating--but I could listen to "Portobello Belle" all day long.
All nine songs, whilst not among the very best or most famous of their work are very appealing and there are no duds here. Knopfler's story-telling provides an interesting scenario throughout. The recording location is powerful as well. Its a more laid-back sound and introduces keyboards which their first album did not have. 'Once Upon A Time in the West' features a reggae beat which the band rarely used.
Perhaps if they had a major hit single or radio faviourite from this one it would have performed better. 'Lady Writer' is most likely to have been released as a single. 'Single Handed Sailor' is another strong track from the album. It then gives way to the crashing of the waves which open the closing 'Follow Me Home' which is flawless.
All in all a solid effort from the group before they made it big, released at a time when punk and disco dominated the headlines. Almost 25 years later and this album - as is their debut album - is still a sound for all time.