Laura Branigan

Over My Heart

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At the age of 36, Laura Branigan felt it was time to sing more about heartache and the pains of failing relationships than to give her music the same kind of pop amiability found on past hits like "Self Control" and "Gloria." But the real problem with Over My Heart is that each and every track gets doused with an overabundance of thirty-something insipidness and routine-sounding lyrical drivel. Even her Spanish can't pull her through, and sluggish efforts like Michael Bolton's "It's Hard Enough Getting Over You" and "Didn't We Almost Win It All" are mired in a barrage of "what if"-styled romanticism. The one thing that Branigan does have going for her is her voice, which sounds fresh and crisp despite her clichéd material. The title track and "How Do I Help You Say Goodbye" offer up the most potential, but there's just too much beach-walking throughout her songs to create any sort of real impact, even for the adult contemporary crowd. Even the novelty of "Mujer Contra Mujer" and "Mangwane" wears off before their endings, and Gloria Estefan's "Love Your Girl" is a tad interesting but suffers from the rest of the album's heart-heaviness. Upon its release, Over My Heart failed to chart a single and even soft rock radio stations barely gave it any notice.

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