Chuck Eddy
February 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Over My Heart

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Laura Branigan
Producers
Atlantic

We gave it a B+

Branigan’s 1982 hit, ”Gloria,” took disco to operatic extremes, and her ’84 ”Self Control” was basically Joy Division’s Goth-punk classic, ”She’s Lost Control,” made more lurid. Nowadays, Branigan is beating Celine Dion at Dion’s own game, dancing between a loudly sung boom and a lonely housewife gloom. On Over My Heart, she climbs out on a new limb, belting out lyrics in Spanish and a South African dialect. But she’s still rending hearts, especially when she remembers the day her family moved away from her best friend in a ’59 station wagon.

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