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Branigan 2 by BRANIGAN, LAURA

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002IG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After purchasing The Best of Branigan and Self Control, I definitely wanted more. I found this album and I was not disappointed. The songs are excellent and very emotional. Laura outdoes herself on all of her albums. My favorite songs are: Solitaire, Deep in the Dark, Close Enough, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, I'm Not the Only One, Find Me and Don't Show Your Love. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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Laura Branigan really honed her style in her sophomore effort, which firmly established her in the ranks of 80's pop/rock women like Pat Benatar and Sheena Easton. Chalk up another winner for one of the 1980's best pop/rock goddesses.
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.
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I am totally biased when it comes to Laura Branigan so know that. This is a pretty cool follow up cd and all the tracks are good. I especially love "Solitare" and her I think way underated version of "How am I supposed to live without you" you can just hear it in her voice, she was to me always such an incredible singer and was fortunate to have scene her live and is a great memory. She left us way to soon but she leaves behind such an incredible musical legacy
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This was the first album, tape of any kind, that I called my own. Branigan 2 holds alot of memories and emotions for me, because, my girl friend at the time, bought this album for me, I bought her a little ring of some sort, but back to Branigan 2, I wore this tape, yes tape out listening to it, and loved every song on it, of course there is "Solitaire" and "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You", but there was also "Squeeze Box" probably one of my favorites of hers never released. This is one album now that Laura is no longer here, I must get reacquianted with, beacuse I did and always will love this album. This album was part of my childhood, and I know that sounds weird but it is true. Every song I hear now from Laura is going to be a painful listen, but hopefully I will be able to say at one point down the road, that listening to her music will make me smile again, but not right now. Laura you were and are an angel.
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One of the things I've learned as a longtime album listener is that the sophomore slump cliche can sometimes be the complete opposite of what is expected. Coming so close after the release of her 1982 debut album? Laura Branigan's second release could've possibly coasted on straight momentum from her first. Perhaps it did in some ways. Thankfully? It did so in a way that was very creatively satisfying for an artist whose voice was made all the stronger on the caliber of the material that she was receiving musically.

"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.
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