Sunday, August 17, 2014

"All Night with Me" by Laura Branigan

Song#:  0950
Date:  03/20/1982
Debut:  96
Peak:  69
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Branigan signed as a solo artist with Atlantic Records in 1979 and released a few singles that didn't garner much attention. Despite the initial fails, Atlantic believed in her and couple years later a debut album was recorded. The first single issued was not her mega-hit "Gloria," but this ballad. It didn't quite click and remained in the lower third of the chart. Luckily, her next single would push her right in the spotlight.

ReduxReview:  This mediocre ballad is easy to hear, but when you put it next to something like "Gloria," you wonder why it was chosen as the lead single. The reason may have been that the 80s Euro-pop sound had not really hit in the US yet and instead of taking a chance on that, this easy ballad seemed a better introduction. It wasn't. Thankfully, someone had the smarts to get "Gloria" out next. In the meantime, this was a simple and tasteful introduction.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Branigan began her music career as part of the psych-pop group Meadow. They issued one album in 1973 that went nowhere. The group split up soon after. Branigan later supported Leonard Cohen on a European tour before signing on to Atlantic for her own solo career.


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