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Album Review

Laura Branigan's full, expressive voice shows serious growth on this, her second album. A much more cohesive collection than her first disc, the material on Branigan 2 utilizes her vocals to their fullest extent; and while there were many filler songs on her debut, this album doesn't waste a single track. That is not to say Branigan 2 is perfect, but simply that there is something worthwhile in each cut. "Solitaire," with its quiet beginnings and pull-out-all-the-stops finale, shows off just what chops this singer has. "Deep in the Dark" is sexy and, despite coming hot on the heels of a German version ("Der Komissar" by After the Fire), is different and sexy enough to be welcome as opposed to unnecessary. She does a far superior version of Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," though his version was a much bigger hit years later; while Bolton went over the top with his vocals and production, Branigan's take is simpler, prettier, and shows shades of emotion at which Bolton could only hint. While covering a Who song might be considered foolish (or brave) for so new a singer, it pays off as "Squeeze Box" is playful and sexy without being disrespectful to the original. "Mama," a whispered penance for having given in to a bad boy, shows that Branigan knows when to cut the dramatics. And "Lucky," a pretty, guitar-driven ballad, is bittersweet without being cloying. As always for Branigan, the struggle is simply to find material and production to match her vocals. And, though this album isn't the most mature album of its time, it shows she's more comfortable with herself and her voice and shows enormous promise of what she's really capable.

Customer Reviews

Branigan 2....Not "Solitaire"

The name of the album is NOT called "Solitaire", it's called, "Branigan 2". Just because "Solitaire" is the first song on the album does not make it that song. Whomever posted the name, as such, needs to look at the album cover and see what it is called. I know, I owned it on cassette tape.

Her version of "How am I supposed to live without you"

Is so much better, than who wrote it, You can tell she is feeling to the song

i miss laura very much

I MISS LAURA VERY MUCH. ONE OF MY FAVOATE SONGS FROM THIS ALBUM IS SOLITARE. I ALSO LOVE HER LATER ALBUMS. SELF CONTROL 1984, HOLD ME 1985, TOUCH 1986, LAURA BRANIGAN (SELF TITLED) 1990 & MY FAVE OVER MY HEAT 1993 & REMEMBER ME 2005 (HER LAST RECORDINGS) WAS GOOD. HER TAKE ON (IF THATS WHAT IT TAKES) WAS EXCELLENT. I DID NOT CARE FOR THE SONG (WINNER TAKES IT ALL). THE MUSIC DID NOT FIT THE SONG. HER VOICE WASNT LOUD ENOUGH. OVER MY HEART WAS AN EXCELLENT ALBUM. HER VOICE ON THE SONG "DIDNT WE ALMOST WIN IT ALL WAS EXCELLENT. I ONLY WISH THAT SHE HAD RECORDED A FEW MORE ALBUMS BEFORE HER PASSING. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HEAR A CHISTMAS ALBUM, OR A SMOOTH JAZZ ALBUM. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IF SHE HAD THE RIGHT SONG (S), SHE COULD HAVE TOPPED THE CHARTS IN THE US AND WORLD WIDE. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT A SPANISH ALBUM WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT. I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HEAR HER SING SELF CONTROL, SOLITARE, LUCKY ONE IN SPANISH, OR SEE LAURA ON WISTERIA LANE. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL DESPARTE HOUSE WIFE.

Biography

Born: July 3, 1952 in Brewster, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Pop singer and actress Laura Branigan was born in 1957 in the upstate New York town of Brewster. It wasn't until her senior year in high school that Branigan thought of pursuing a musical career, after she landed a lead role in a school musical, which led to her acceptance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City by the mid-'70s. Branigan then signed on as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen, as she toured the world with the renowned singer/songwriter throughout the late '70s; resulting...
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Branigan 2, Laura Branigan
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Mar 1983

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