Branigan 2 – Wikipedia

1983 studio album by Laura Branigan

Branigan 2 is the second studio album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in March 1983 by Atlantic Records. The album reached number 29 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 18, 1985, denoting shipments in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States.[2] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Bryan Buss wrote that Branigan’s “full, expressive voice shows serious growth” on “a much more cohesive collection” than her debut album, Branigan, adding that “this album doesn’t waste a single track”.[1]

Three singles were released from the album. The lead single, “Solitaire”, is a cover version of a 1981 French-language song of the same name by French singer Martine Clémenceau, with English lyrics written by Diane Warren. The single was a commercial success, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100.[3]

The second single, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, was co-written by Michael Bolton. It reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks.[3][4] AllMusic viewed Branigan’s version as “far superior” to Bolton’s own commercially successful cover from 1989, stating it is “simpler, prettier, and shows shades of emotion at which Bolton could only hint”.[1]

Branigan 2 also includes a cover of The Who’s “Squeeze Box” (1975), as well as “Deep in the Dark”, a newly written song to the music of Falco’s “Der Kommissar” (1981), It was released as the third single from the album.

The song “Find Me” was used as the love theme of the 1983 Robert Hays film Touched.

Track listing[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • ^a signifies original lyrics
  • ^b signifies English lyrics
  • ^c signifies original music

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Branigan 2.[5]

Musicians[edit]

  • Laura Branigan – all vocals
  • Robbie Buchanan – arrangements, synthesizers, keyboards
  • Carlos Vega – drums
  • Doane Perry – drums
  • Michael Landau – guitars
  • Marty Walsh – additional guitar on “Deep in the Dark”
  • Dennis Belfield – bass
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizers
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Jon Joyce – background vocals
  • Jim Haas – background vocals
  • Joe Pizzulo – background vocals
  • Eddie Hawkins – additional background vocals on “Deep in the Dark” and “Lucky”
  • Joe Esposito – additional background vocals on “Deep in the Dark”
  • Gene Morford – additional background vocals on “Squeeze Box”

Technical[edit]

  • Jürgen Koppers – engineering, mixing[a]
  • John Kovorek – engineering assistance
  • Jon Van Nest – engineering assistance
  • David Shire – rhythm track production on “Find Me”
  • Carol Connors – rhythm track production on “Find Me”
  • Brian Gardner – mastering[b]
  • Robbie Buchanan – associate production
  • Jack White – production

Artwork[edit]

  • Barry Levine – photography
  • Bob Defrin – art direction

Certifications[edit]

  1. ^ Mixed at Rusk Sound Studios (Hollywood, California) and Allen Zentz Recording Studios (Hollywood, California)
  2. ^ Mastered at Allen Zentz Mastering (Hollywood, California)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Buss, Bryan. “Branigan 2 – Laura Branigan”. AllMusic. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b “American album certifications – Laura Branigan – Branigan 2”. Recording Industry Association of America. September 18, 1985. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b “Laura Branigan Chart History (Hot 100)”. Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  4. ^ “Laura Branigan Chart History (Adult Contemporary)”. Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Branigan 2 (liner notes). Laura Branigan. Atlantic Records. 1983. 80052-1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 45. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ “Top RPM Albums: Issue 6272a”. RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  8. ^ “Charts.nz – Laura Branigan – Self Control”. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  9. ^ “Laura Branigan Chart History (Billboard 200)”. Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.