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NEW Laura Branigan - Branigan (CD)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002I9X
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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01. Get Thee Behind Me Satan 02. Rolling Stone 03. When I Get My Wings 04. Most Precious 05. Winning Again 06. No Earthly Good 07. Tough Get Going 08. Youll Always Be My Best Friend 09. Jesus Is The Only One That Loves Us 10. Everybodys Brother 11. You Just Cant Beat Jesus Christ Bonus Video For Get Thee Behind Me Satan

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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. Anyway, it started with watching TV by accident and seeing and hearing this female singer singing "Gloria", at that stage I didn't know who she (Laura Branigan) was, but I was going to find out pretty soon.

The song "Gloria" was my song for 1982, and Laura Branigan was the girl (what a spunk) I liked to listen to the most, her debut album `Branigan' was a must for me, (I got my copy on tape first, then I bought record later) the album went gold and platinum in Canada and the U.S. in 1983-84.

`Branigan' the album only had 9 tracks when released in 1982 (what is it with 9-track albums?), nonetheless the first single off the album was "All Night with Me", which had climbed to number 69 on the Billboards charts, this soft ballad was the beginning of a successful career in music although the song had potential, it didn't really do anything, but Laura had to start somewhere; but it did prove that Laura had great vocal talent as her second single "Gloria" attested, this rock-pop-dance-groove with tight strong vocals was originally an Italian love song recorded by Umberto Tozzi in 1979; this was the song that made everybody stand to attention and take notice it was a hit all around the world and stayed on the Billboard's Hot 100 for a record-setting 36 weeks. It was a gold and platinum hit in Canada and the U.S. Laura was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance - by a Female Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1982 for her song "Gloria", and it seemed from then on Laura could only build on her success, which she did the following years as her maturity in the music industry flourished.
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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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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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