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Self Control

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 17 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IGR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Lucky One
2. Self Control
3. Ti Amo
4. Heart
5. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
6. Satisfaction
7. Silent Partners
8. Breaking Out
9. Take Me
10. With Every Beat Of My Heart

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By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2014
Format: Audio CD
When Laura Branigan released her third album “Self-Control” in 1984, she had two albums under her belt and was already considered a household name. Her debut “Branigan” was a rather solid collection of songs, while most of the material featured on her uneven follow-up (“Branigan 2” – original, right ?) failed to live up to the expectations. She more than bounced back with “Self-Control”, which could arguably be considered as the strongest album of her career. The title track is a classic, of course, and “The Lucky One” and “Ti Amo” are just as great; however, the album was set apart from its predecessors because of the consistency of the songs that surround this trio of brilliant singles. “Heart” bristled with passion, “Satisfaction” was an energetic dance track, “Will you still love me tomorrow” was a brilliant and intimate version that introduced this classic to a whole new generation of rock fans; best of all is “Silent partners”, a ballad that definitely should have been released as a single, featured a stunning vocal performance and one of the loveliest melodies ever written. This expanded and remastered edition only has a few extended remixes to offer as bonus tracks, but features extensive liner notes. Laura’s diehard fans will certainly want to own this.
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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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Born in Brewster, New Your City on the 3rd of July 1957, Branigan would get her first break musically, with doing back up vocals with Leonard Cohen.
Off the 1980 Tozzi hit "Gloria", Branigan scores her Christmas 1982 Australian #1 Hit, of the album "Branigan". From that point she gave nothing short of great 80's dance beats, and delicately tender ballads. During 1983 she would have the hits "Solitaire", and "How am I supposed to live without you", (top 20 in October 1983), which would eventually be covered by Michael Bolton, and reach the Australian top 5 in March 1990.
This stable output continues with the album "Self Control", which features the album's title cut, going top 5 in August 1984, and other tracks including "Ti amo" (top 10 January 1985), a remake of King's "Will you still love me tomorrow", and the album's opening smash, "the lucky one". "Every beat of my heart" and "satisfaction" are another two tracks that give this album its well worked style variations.
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Laura Branigan was my favorite female singer back in the early 1980s. "Self Control" was a powerful single and was the first song I heard by her being slightly too young to catch on when "Gloria" and "Solitaire" came out. The song that made me a fan, however, was "The Lucky One." I consider it her best single. It starts out with a slow and beautiful introduction and then kicks in with a catchy verse, rockin' chorus and an interesting robotic bridge. That song has it all! Very 1980s! This album is worth it for those two tracks alone, however, there are a few other gems here. "Heart" is very catchy. "Satisfaction" has that cool, retro 1980s sound and addictive rhythm. "Breaking Out" just rocks! "With Every Beat of My Heart" is a nice ballad with powerful chorus and a pleasant way to end the album. It is not a perfect 5-star album, though. "Silent Partners" is a nice ballad about a clandestine love affair but is not as memorable as most of the other tracks here. "Take Me" is an upbeat rocker, but doesn't kick fanny like "Breaking Out." "Ti Amo" is very repetitive to the point of annoying. Her cover of the classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" is nice; it is just her and piano, but I find it a little pointless and dull. It is a song one hears so much that, unless an artist really puts a unique stamp on it, it just seems more like a filler track. I think it would have made a better B-side. Still, Self Control is an excellent album for fans of early 1980s music and Branigan was definitely one of the best female vocalists of that time. Her voice was not too high, not too low, just perfectly pitched, emotional and powerful.
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