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Branigan 2 is the second album by singer Laura Branigan, released in March 1983. Two hit singles emerged from the album, the dramatic "Solitaire" and her introduction of the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You". The album performed better in the charts than her first album in the U.S., Australia and Japan, and Allmusic later wrote that "Laura Branigan's full, expressive voice shows serious growth" on "a much more cohesive collection" than her debut, commenting that "this album doesn't waste a single track".[2]

Branigan 2
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 1983
Recorded1982 at Rusk Sound Studio & Allen Zentz Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA).
Genre
Length37:15
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJack White, Robbie Buchanan
Laura Branigan chronology
Branigan
(1982)
Branigan 2
(1983)
Self Control
(1984)
Singles from Branigan 2
  1. "Solitaire"
    Released: March 1983
  2. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"
    Released: July 1, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

In addition to establishing Branigan as more than a one-hit wonder after the major success of "Gloria" months before, her second album's two big hits began the careers for two then-unknowns who themselves became industry icons. While "Solitaire" was originally a French song, its English version provided the first major hit for lyric writer Diane Warren, who co-wrote many of Branigan's early songs. Allmusic noted that the song, "with its quiet beginnings and pull-out-all-the-stops finale, shows off just what chops this singer has".[3]

The second single from Branigan 2 was the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", which was the first major hit for its co-writer, Michael Bolton, beginning for him a successful sideline as a songwriter. He later wrote three more songs for Branigan. While "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" barely missed the Top Ten on the pop charts, it spent three weeks at Number One on the adult contemporary airplay charts. Allmusic called Branigan's version "far superior" to Bolton's own hit cover from 1989, "simpler, prettier, and (showing) shades of emotion at which Bolton could only hint".[4]

Branigan 2 also included the ballad "Find Me", uptempo tracks "I'm Not The Only One" and "Don't Show Your Love", and a cover of The Who's "Squeeze Box". One of the album's tracks, "Deep In The Dark", was a newly written song to the music of Falco's "Der Kommissar". Allmusic called Branigan's song "different" and "sexy enough to be welcome as opposed to unnecessary" despite following a competing but lyrically different English-language rewrite of the German song the same year by After the Fire.[5]

One of the tracks from the album, "Find Me", was used as the love theme of the 1983 Robert Hays film Touched.

The album was certified Gold in the United States.[6]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Solitaire"Martine Clémenceau, Diane Warren4:07
2."Deep in the Dark"Falco, Robert Ponger, Bill Bowersock3:50
3."Close Enough"Robbie Buchanan, John Lang3:41
4."Lucky"Steve Bi3:58
5."Squeeze Box"Pete Townshend3:00
6."How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"Michael Bolton, Doug James4:29
7."I'm Not the Only One"Diane Warren, The Doctor (Steve Angelica)3:22
8."Mama"Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi, Diane Warren3:56
9."Find Me"David Shire, Carol Connors3:22
10."Don't Show Your Love"Lee Holdridge, Carol Connors3:30
Total length:37:15

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Producer – Jack White
  • Associate Producer – Robbie Buchanan
  • Engineered and Mixed by Jürgen Koppers
  • Assistant Engineers – John Kovorek and Jon Van Nest
  • Mastered by Brian Gardner at Allen Zentz Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Bob Defrin
  • Photography – Barry Levine
  • Hair and Make-up – Alison Reynolds
  • Stylist – Judy Schwartz
  • Management – Susan Joseph and Grand Trine Management.

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard 200[7] 29

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Solitaire" Billboard Hot 100[8] 7
1983 "Solitaire" Billboard Adult Contemporary 16
1983 "Solitaire" Billboard Club Play Singles[9] 28
1983 "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 1
1983 "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" Billboard Hot 100[11] 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r2584/review
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r2584/review
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r2584/review
  5. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r2584/review
  6. ^ RIAA certification search for Laura Branigan. riaa.com. Accessed on November 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Laura Branigan - Branigan 2 chart history". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Laura Branigan - Solitaire chart history". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Laura Branigan - Solitaire chart history". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/adult-contemporary/1983-09-03
  11. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1983-10-08