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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
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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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Branigan,Laura ~ Self Control

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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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Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
Laura's third album for Atlantic Records was where her contempo dance appeal solidified, despite the usual inclusion of a weepie ballad or two. "Self Control" was also the third (of four) Jack White production, and this is where he and his fellow arrangers hit aural paydirt. Though both "Gloria" and "Solitaire" were big club hits, the dance groove in this album is decidedly slower paced for the most part. "Self Control" (107bpm) and "The Lucky One" (119bpm) were siginficant club hits with staying power; it's a shame that Atlantic hasn't included them in this CD or another compilation. On the uptempo side, "Satisfaction" was a powerhouse dance track in the mold of Laura's best Euro-stompers. The version included in this release only gives you a mild taste of the club remix.
At times "Self Control" sounds a bit pre-fabricated, especially if you're familiar with a lot of Dance Pop from the time period. As usual, it's Laura's big voice that makes the music distinctive, giving melodic meaning to big beats. The material here comes together very nicely, no jarring departures into hard rock cliches or melodramatic ether-sniffing. The slower tunes are good to very good, and Laura's version of "Will You Still Love Me..." is particularly appealing. In such warm company, even the requisite secret affair tune (here it's "Silent Partners") doesn't come off as self-pitying, as did earlier songs like "If You Loved Me," "Close Enough," etc.
Though Laura's fans love this album for her, this is probably her most appealing (original) album for devotees of '80s and Pop Dance music. The arrangements are tight and to the point, the beat is inevitable, and Laura's singing is assured and compelling. Few of her latter recordings can boast material and performances comparable to those appearing in "Self Control."
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This song takes me back. Though I'm a Madonna fanatic now, back then it was like "Madonna..who?" Back in the day when music videos were new, the song and video were RED HOT. I was hooked on it and every time it came on I froze in my tracks to watch. I wore the tape out so much even my mother started to sing along to "Self Control". It was so controversial back then, and I do believe that MTV demanded editing. Whatever the message in the video, it was extremely sexy and erotic. (For those of you who care to know, the video was directed by William Friedkin, the same who directed "The Exorcist".) Laura Branigan is a pioneer. I believe she gave women like Cyndi Lauper and Madonna that "push" in the industry. Her voice is unique, and passionate, and should continue to record. "Self Control" in an awesome CD, the title track is of course my favorite, but "The Lucky One" is also a classic as well as "Ti Amo". An awesome love song. You won't be disappointed with this CD.
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