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Branigan 2-the Sequel, begins with the single "Solitaire" on a woman who's alone now after a bad relationship and it falls under reflective/breakup song. "Solitaire, it got so lonely/Solitaire, no one to hold me/Where were you when I played solitaire?" The melody reminds me of Sheena Easton's "Long Distance Love Affair" and has the same pace, although it rocks as hard as any of Benatar's material. A big highlight here! Getting this is not akin to playing poker--you'll hit the jackpot anytime.
"Deep In The Dark" features a monologue and is a forerunner to "Self Control" is rhythm and the chorus.
"Close Enough" is actually a positive love song that Journey could have tried to do, given the searing keyboard synthesizers. However, it's Laura's song hands down. She sings "Close enough to make it last/Now there's no turning back/We'll do it together." And to finalize the moment, she says, "And now, now the time has come/To keep the love we found just close enough."
"Lucky" tells of the woman's necessity to leave someone unfulfilling who was oblivious to her pain. The chorus and keyboards are akin to a muted version of "Gloria." It goes "Lucky, I said I hope you try and understand/Lucky, guess it's not like we planned/Lucky, you know I really really love you so/But Lucky, I still have to go." This could easily become a country song, given the right singer.
Then comes her cover of the Who's "Squeeze Box," tastefully done in the mid-paced Branigan style pop.Read more ›
"Solitaire" is a synth spiked number that again deals with the Donna Summer style dance/new wave pop of her major hit "Gloria". My favorite number here is the second-the funkier "Deep In The Dark-re-working Falco's "Der Kommisar" with Branigan's flair for being in the groove-even slyly rapping the refrains. "Close Enough","I'm Not The Only One",the slinky "Mama" and the closer "Don't Show Your Love" are again all in the thumping new wave/synth pop dance style while the country rock version of "Squeeze Box" and "Lucky-along with the epic pop ballads "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You from Michael Bolton and "Find Me" round out the album.
Only about three songs in? It's apparent this album differs from her first in one very important way. It has a very clear musical focus. The emphasis on Laura Branigan as a big balladeer is cast aside to showcase her as an uptempo vocal powerhouse. The flavor of these songs have a decidedly more synthesizer/electronic flavored Euro pop/dance sound about them overall. Personally? I feel these melodic and well composed dance and pop/rock numbers are much more suited to Branigan's big voiced personality. And remained her focus for at least the next few years after this anyway. One of her strongest complete albums,especially of the 1980's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I downloaded this because I used to have it on cassette tape.She always had good music. It's a shame she left us at such a young age.Published 12 months ago by Richard
Awesome! Unforgettable voice! Amazing range!
Laura will always have a place in my collection.
I used to listed to the tape of this album with my dad when I was a little girl. I found it and just had to buy it! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shopsfromhome
Excellent CD, sounds perfect.
A great artist, very unfortunate he left so young, still had much to produce.
2. Deep In The Dark
3. Close Enough
5. Squeeze Box
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Branigan 2 is one of the best albums ever, with songs I had not heard before. She was such a great performer with a God-given talent. I cannot believe she is no longer with us. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Gary Dawson
Laura Branigan's second album contained the top ten single "Solitaire" which peaked at number 7. The second single was "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" which unfortunately... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by P Magnum