by Laura BraniganLaura Branigan


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Laura Branigan's fifth album, Touch, showed signs of maturity as she made a bid (that was not quite successful) for adult contemporary crossover -- a smart chance to take considering the longevity many A/C acts have. Her big, boomy voice is perfect for some of the moody ballads on this collection, such as "Over Love," "Meaning of the Word," and "Spirit of Love," but there are so many of those successfully evocative cuts that the dance songs don't fit as seamlessly as they should. That's not to say the upbeat tracks are not in good shape: The lead single, "Shattered Glass" (produced by Stock, Aitken, Waterman, who produced successful Bananarama and Kylie Minogue singles in the same period), and "Angels Calling" stand out; you can hardly hold back from caroling along. Synthesizer-heavy throughout, on both the slow and fast songs, the strings on the yearning "Cry Wolf" near the end of the album are welcome. The lyrics on many of the cuts are poetic and adult, making this atmospheric collection the best product she'd released so far; the material is far better suited to her voice -- which has never sounded better -- than the Europop she recorded prior to this. "The Power of Love" exhibits the weight she can convey in a whisper, while also giving her something to really sink her teeth into. Her voice being her strongest asset, Branigan never received the direction Celine Dion did, so she never achieved the same massive success, though her voice is equal in terms of power, beauty, and distinction.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678174728
catalogNumber: 81747
Rank: 3223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Branigan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Donna De Lory   Background Vocals
Matt Aitken   Guitar,Keyboards
Carl Gordon   Background Vocals
Coral Gordon   Background Vocals
Dennis Henson   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Leggett   Guitar,Keyboards
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
A. Linn   Drums
Bob Marlette   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
John O'Hara   Keyboards
Rick Palombi   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kim Scharnberg   Strings
Sue Shifrin   Background Vocals
Mike Stock   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
John Nelson   Guitar
Matt Aiken   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jennifer Rush   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Programming,drum programming
Ellen Shipley   Composer
Matt Aitken   Composer,Programming,Producer
Albert Cabrera   Producer
Steve Coe   Composer
John Guess   Engineer
David J. Holman   Programming,Engineer
Jude Johnstone   Composer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Mark Leggett   Arranger,drum programming
Ray Leonard   Engineer
Bob Marlette   Arranger,Composer,Programming,drum programming
Mark McGuire   Engineer
Tony Moran   Producer
Jan Mullaney   Composer
Rick Nowels   Composer
Rick Palombi   Arranger,Composer,Programming,drum programming
Kim Scharnberg   String Arrangements
Sue Shifrin   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Mike Stock   Composer,Programming,Producer
Andrew Thomas   Programming
Gunther Mende   Composer
Waterman   Producer
Candy Derouge   Composer
Janis Wilkins   Art Direction
Mary Susan Applegate   Composer
Roy Freeland   Composer
Cliff Jones   Engineer

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