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  • Vinyl
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B004DXL90K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on June 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Laura Branigan's "Self Control" marked the third studio album and by far is the best effort she put together. Laura's first two albums showed all the signs of her being great with such hits as "Gloria", "Solitaire", and "How am I Supposed to Live Without You". Branigan on this collection "puts it all together". "Self Control" was released in the Spring of 1984. Since 1984 was such as huge year for the music industry, "Self Control" often gets forgotten about. This album was a Platinum Album and did very well commercially. It definitely marked the peak of Branigan's career both commercially and creatively. Laura Branigan is not a songwriter and is not someone who plays her own instruments. Branigan relies on her voice - which is as powerful as any female vocalist we have seen in the rock/pop era. Today the term "Diva" is used to refer to a great female vocalist. Although Branigan isn't the commercial draw that she was earlier in her career, if there is any female vocalist deserving of the term Diva - it is Branigan. This album backs up Branigan's "Diva" status and establishes her as a great vocalist.
There are other reasons why "Self Control" is such a great album. For starters, it has some great songwriters. Two of the most noteworthy songwriters on the album are Giancarlo Bigazzi and Diane Warren. Bigazzi is best known for authoring Branigan's debut single "Gloria" back in 1982. He returns on this album and is one of the authors behind the outstanding title track "Self Control". Diane Warren is as big a name in the songwriting business as any. Warren co-penned three songs "Satisfaction", "Silent Partners", and "Breaking Out".
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on May 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
As usual, Gold Legion celebrates the pristine, perfectly balanced sound quality CDs were meant to deliver before the loudness war began. This reissue features a booklet of thorough liner notes and a history of Laura's musical journey.

As for the CD itself, it features 4 bonus tracks that were hard to get on CD unless you've bought expensive compilations from overseas (like I have). The 12" version of Self Control is the version that was used in the original music video that got heavy MTV rotation in the summer of 84--I've always considered this version the LONG version, because it feels like the album version was edited down from this version, which features unique segments rather than just a cut and paste job like most 12" singles from that period. Amazingly, we get TWO 12" mixes of The Lucky One, one of my all time favorite songs by Laura Branigan. I'm familiar with the Jack White mix, which, while having a couple of iffy cut and paste moments, is a pretty hot extended version. The John Robie mix, which I'd never heard before, is sort of a choppy mess that destroys the flow of the original song and adds some of those unnecessary weird sounding keyboard fillers remixers liked to throw in back then to prove that they could do more than just repeat and loop instrumental parts of the original track master to come up with an extended mix. And finally, we get the amazing extended dance mix of Satisfaction which, just like The Lucky One, should have been a top 10 hit but got no radio airplay.

While Gold Legion is still working on the remaster of Laura's first album, let's hope they keep going with Branigan 2 (we NEED the 12" mix of Solitaire on CD!!!), Hold Me (more 12" singles that need CD mastering), and while they're at it, just go for it and do Touch and 1990's Laura Branigan as well.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Born in 1957, Laura Branigan first set her sights on the stage and attended New York's American Academy of Dramatic Art before becoming a noted back-up vocalist. In 1982 she scored a major hit with the single "Gloria;" suddenly much in demand, she soon generated a second album with the hits "Solitare" and "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You"--and then in 1984 released SELF CONTROL. It would be her high-water mark as a recording artist.

Branigan was not a songwriter, but she and her managers knew a good thing when they heard it. Although the first half of SELF CONTROL is stronger than the second, there's not a weak cut in the entire collection. Although there are several ballads on the album, most might best be described as classic 1980s top 40 material, usually mixing an up-tempo dance-friendly beat with sharp guitars.

The collection opens with "The Lucky One," a song that did very well on the charts, fast-paced and crackling with cynical lyrics and tremendous energy; the memorable "Ti Amo" begins delicately but soon transforms into harder edges; a cover of the Carole King classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" is delicately performed and remarkably fine. Even so, at least to my mind, the single most memorable track here is the title cut, a dark and disturbing pop-rocker concerning obsessive love; it has an unexpectedly sado-maschochistic edge that perfectly captures the mixture of self-indulgence and sexual paranoia of the decade.

Popular music of the 1980s was beset by excessive synthesizer and intrusive back-up vocals, and SELF CONTROL is no exception. Even so, Branigan's voice carries the weight of these flaws very well.
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