Picks and Pans Review: Self Control

updated 05/14/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Laura Branigan

Smart, adventuresome and full of engaging musical dynamics, this splendid album should remove any lingering doubts about Branigan's status as one of today's most versatile and satisfying pop singers. Branigan and producers Jack White and Robbie Buchanan (who doubles on keyboards and triples on arrangements) have rounded up a happily mixed bag of material that includes an Italian rock tune with new English lyrics (Self Control) and a similarly revamped German song (Satisfaction). The old Carole King-Gerry Goffin song that was a 1961 hit for the Shirelles, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, is slowed down, and Branigan fills it with passionate uncertainty. There's even something bordering on a country sound in Silent Partners. Nothing about this record seems lazy, nothing seems out of control, nothing seems careless. It's a thoroughgoing pleasure. (Atlantic)

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