Branigan 2

Branigan 2

by Laura BraniganLaura Branigan


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Laura Branigan's full, expressive voice shows serious growth on this, her second album. A much more cohesive collection than her first disc, the material on Branigan 2 utilizes her vocals to their fullest extent; and while there were many filler songs on her debut, this album doesn't waste a single track. That is not to say Branigan 2 is perfect, but simply that there is something worthwhile in each cut. "Solitaire," with its quiet beginnings and pull-out-all-the-stops finale, shows off just what chops this singer has. "Deep in the Dark" is sexy and, despite coming hot on the heels of a German version ("Der Komissar" by After the Fire), is different and sexy enough to be welcome as opposed to unnecessary. She does a far superior version of Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," though his version was a much bigger hit years later; while Bolton went over the top with his vocals and production, Branigan's take is simpler, prettier, and shows shades of emotion at which Bolton could only hint. While covering a Who song might be considered foolish (or brave) for so new a singer, it pays off as "Squeeze Box" is playful and sexy without being disrespectful to the original. "Mama," a whispered penance for having given in to a bad boy, shows that Branigan knows when to cut the dramatics. And "Lucky," a pretty, guitar-driven ballad, is bittersweet without being cloying. As always for Branigan, the struggle is simply to find material and production to match her vocals. And, though this album isn't the most mature album of its time, it shows she's more comfortable with herself and her voice and shows enormous promise of what she's really capable.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678005220
catalogNumber: 80052
Rank: 8361


  1. Solitaire
  2. Deep In The Dark
  3. Close Enough
  4. Lucky
  5. Squeeze Box
  6. How Am Supposed to Live Without You
  7. I'm Not The Only One
  8. Mama
  9. Find Me
  10. Don't Show Your Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Branigan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Joe Esposito   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Doane Perry   Drums
Joe Pizzulo   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Marty Walsh   Guitar
Eddie Hawkins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Composer
Jürgen Koppers   Engineer
Domingo Padilla   Composer
Jack White   Producer

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