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Laura Branigan Audio CD
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For her first album Laura Branigan established what was to be a format for her first four albums, either heartbreak piano ballads asking why it happened, or women of independence celebrated or critiqued by a blast of synthesizer-laced 80's dance numbers.
"All Night With Me" is a classic 80's piano-ballad that then gets volume at the chorus. It's akin to what Whitney would do with "Saving All My Love For You." Call it a pop power-ballad. And that potent powerhouse voice of hers is what saved some of her lesser albums.
Then comes her most famous song, intro'd by a blazing synthesizer, then those familiar infectious synth chords. "Gloria" is about a woman on the run whose frantic goals are gonna lead to a reckoning, a breakdown, or something else: "Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number (Gloria)/I think they got the alias (Gloria) that you've been living under (Gloria)/But you really don't remember, was it something that they said?/Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?"
"Lovin' You Baby" sets the standard for her heartbreak/being dumped songs that would permeate on her future albums. A rock guitar punctuates this pop power ballad, especially sung in the chorus: "Where would I be, how could I live?/Where would I go, and what would I give?/What can I say, how do I stand?/Where do I fall if there's no more lovin' you baby?"
"Livin A Lie" puts the pedal on the metal, with a quick-paced rock-beat accompanying this speeding down the highway number.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Branigan is as good as they come! Dec 26 2002
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Since the only song from this album that's heard on the radio is "Gloria" this album appears to be full of "filler material", but this is far from the truth! Branigan is as good as they come. In fact, this album is one of the best albums ever made; every song is solid, engaging, and memorable. This is a must-have CD for anyone who wants a 'complete music collection'. The reason this CD is so captivating is due to Laura's remarkably strong vocals. Her voice is in full power, yet she never approaches the point of screaming or even coming close to straining her voice; in fact Laura has a tender vulnerability and innocence that adds great depth to these songs. The album contains only 9 songs, alternating between up-tempo songs to soft ballads, but all 9 songs were wonderfully written, arranged and sung. The ballads offer strong, and sometimes unusual, instrumentation with a solid base, yet they still allow her powerful vocals to take the spotlight. When Laura sings the up-tempo songs, both her vocals and the music are in full power. This CD is remarkable because Branigan is Laura Branigan's debut release and it is unusual for a new artists to have such strength and control of his/her voice. This CD includes her self-penned ballad titled "I Wish We Could Be Alone", as well as her #2 charting dance song "Gloria". "All Night With Me" is a touching ballad exposing the vulnerable side of Laura Branigan while "Living A Lie" shows Laura in a confrontational state of mind. Diane Warren, who at the time was a just starting to be noticed as a song writer, wrote "If You Loved Me" (she has written hits for numerous singers such as Celine Dion, Michael Boltin and Bette Midler). "If You Loved Me" is a dramatic plea to a lost love. An unusual piano introduction begins the dance song, "Please Stay, Go Away". Listen and enjoy... then listen again and again and again...
- Joe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great singer! Dec 16 2002
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Laura Branigan fan, i will defend her forever that she has THE greatest, most powerful female voice in music of the last 20 years. Whether doing ballads or dance or rock tunes, Laura's voice suited all styles. Laura's debut album is an impressive showcase of her voice. Although the songs sound dated today, her voice is just amazing. This cd suffers a bit due to a few cheesy songs. I thought the song "Down Like A Rock" was a bit rediculous. It's about a woman who falls into the water and drowns, and as she is drowning she sees the smile on a strange man's face and wonders was she pushed in or did she fall, and why did no one rescue her. It's an interesting song, but done in a very cheesy lighthearted way that almost makes fun of Laura for singing it. I think that other than Gloria and a few other uptempo numbers that her ballads are her best work on this cd. Her voice has a believable sense of raw emotion to it that is lacking in many of today's female divas (Celine Dion being one of them). The cd also suffers from poor sound quality on the quieter tracks. I found that it was recorded on a lower volume and that i have to turn it up louder than any of my other cds, and there is an audible hiss in the background on many cuts. If you want to sample a great debut cd from one of the original divas of the 80s (minus the attitude of todays divas) get this cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best debut albums of the year! Sept. 2 1999
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"Branigan" exploded onto the scene with the unforgettable pop-rock anthem "Gloria". The "meaty-beaty" dance tune was a top rate hit dominating the pop and club charts around the world. The song immediately catapulted Laura into the "Disco/Pop Stratosphere". The single to date remains the second best selling single in Atlantics archives. The singles success garnered Laura her first Grammy Award Nomination while also placing the single into the coveted list of early eighties records exceeding the 1,000, 000 mark in sales, eventually being certified "Gold". "Gloria" still remains one of the longest running singles in "Billboards top 100", remaining on the charts for most of '82 and the first half of '83. The cabaret-style album alternates pop/rocker's containing strong guitar riffs and solid ballads which usually serve Laura's 4 octave range extremely well. Laura's self-penned "I Wish We Could Be Alone" is a wonderful tune about trying to hide "a secret love". The first single which charted mildly, "All Night With Me", is a passionate plea for an "all-nighter", (only Laura can pull off this material with such "finesse" and "class" that it almost sounds "wholesome".) The album contains several treasures like "Down Like A Rock" a tale of being "wrung throught the wringer of love" and "Please Stay, Go Away" about the ambiguousness of a love/hate relationship. The album was certified "Gold" in '84.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laura Branigan, the Glory of Gloria
1982 was a good year for me especially on radio, (it would be another year before I would get my own record player and start buying records) I was still into tapes. Read more
Published on May 23 2012 by Peter Karsten
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good choices...
This, Laura Branigan's debut, showcases her ability to sing country flavored tunes "All Night With Me", passion ballads "Lovin' You Baby", "If You Loved... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Trippy Taco
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST A REAL SINGER
I own all of Laura Branigan's albums in original formats from
vinylo to cassettes :Branigan,Branigan2,Self control,Hold me,Touch,Laura Branigan,and Over my heart. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of Laura Branigan's amazing career
The most well known song on this album is, without a doubt, "Gloria." But there is so much more to Branigan than this. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars the place to start....
this is where to start exploring the booming voice of Laura Branigan....best include "living a lie", "down like a rock", "lovin' you baby",... Read more
Published on June 20 2000 by johntaylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Branigan
Laura Branigan's debut album is filled with classic treasures sung with her big, rich, vulnerable soprano voice. The ballads are heart-wrenching and leave you wanting more.
Published on Jan. 20 2000 by tipper71
3.0 out of 5 stars Only want "Gloria"? There's a solution. . . .
I'm old enough to remember how much airtime "Gloria" received when it first came out in the early 1980s. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2000 by Tung Yin
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