Laura Branigan (album)

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Laura Branigan
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Studio album by Laura Branigan
Released March 21, 1990
Length 43:07
Label Atlantic
Producer Richard Perry
Laura Branigan
Peter Wolf
Steve Kipner
Steve Lindsey
Clif Magness
Dennis Matkosky
Laura Branigan chronology
The Best of Laura Branigan
(1988)The Best of Laura Branigan1988
Laura Branigan
The Very Best of Laura Branigan
(1992)The Very Best of Laura Branigan1992
Singles from Laura Branigan
  1. "Moonlight on Water"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Never in a Million Years"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Laura Branigan is the sixth album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1990.

The album's second single, "Never in a Million Years", was an AC hit for Branigan. The album also brought the singer back to the tops of the Hi-NRG charts and dancefloors with its first single, "Moonlight on Water", and a trendy update of Vicki Sue Robinson's disco-era "Turn the Beat Around". The latter was the first of many songs on which Branigan added production to her list of credits. A slew of promo remixes were embraced by many of the DJs who first brought her to fame with "Gloria", but "Turn the Beat Around" did not make the broader US national dance chart and did not receive an official single release.

While a sexy video supported the lead-off single (which was subtitled "Sex on the Beach" on DJ pressings), Laura Branigan became her first album since 1983's Branigan 2 to be promoted by only one music video. While the album was Laura's last to be commercially available as a vinyl LP, "Moonlight on Water" and "Never in a Million Years" were also Branigan's first singles not to be released in the 7" vinyl format. This was Branigan's first album not to produce a Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit.

The song "Unison" was recorded by Celine Dion the same year. The album's final track was another Branigan production, a subdued cover of Bryan Adams' "The Best Was Yet to Come".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Moonlight on Water" Andy Goldmark, Steve Kipner 4:39
2. "Bad Attitude" Paul Bliss, Steve Kipner 4:00
3. "Never in a Million Years" Van Stephenson, Dave Robbins, Bob Farrell 4:08
4. "Smoke Screen" Steve Kipner, Cliff Magness 4:06
5. "Let Me In" David Matkosky, Paul Gordon 5:18
6. "Turn the Beat Around" Gerald Jackson, Peter Jackson 4:22
7. "Unison" Bruce Roberts, Andy Goldmark 4:40
8. "No Promise, No Guarantee" Bonnie Karlyle, Pat Robinson 5:00
9. "Reverse Psychology" Steve Kipner, Clif Magness 3:33
10. "The Best Was Yet to Come" Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance 3:21


  • Laura Branigan - lead vocals, background vocals, arrangements
  • Howie Rice - guitar, synth guitar, keyboards, drum programming, percussion
  • James Harrah - guitar
  • Ramsey Embick - keyboards, synth sax, percussion
  • Steve Lindsey - keyboards, synthesizer, synth strings, drum programming, co-production
  • Andy Goldmark - keyboards, drum programming
  • Steve Kipner - drum programming
  • Michael Dunlap - bass guitar, keyboards
  • Richard Perry - drum programming
  • Peter Wolf - keyboards, keyboard bass, percussion, arrangements
  • Peter Maunu - guitar
  • Clif Magness - guitar, keyboards, drum programming
  • Steve Goldstein - keyboards
  • Brandon Fields - saxophone
  • Jeff Porcaro - drums
  • Dennis Matkosky - keyboards, drum programming, arrangements
  • Larry Klein - bass guitar
  • Khris Kellow - keyboards, synth strings, drum programming, arrangements
  • John Robinson - high-hat
  • Aaron Zigman - keyboards, synth strings
  • Paulinho da Costa - percussion
  • Lenny Castro - percussion
  • Rick Chudacoff - keyboards, arrangements
  • Peter Bunetta - background vocals, drum programming, percussion programming, arrangements
  • Robbie Buchanan - keyboards
  • Greg Phillinganes - keyboards
  • Dann Huff - guitar
  • Brenda Russell - background vocals
  • Donna de Lory - background vocals
  • Danny Peck - background vocals
  • Bill Champlin - background vocals
  • Leslie Hall - background vocals
  • Monalisa Young - background vocals
  • Leslie Smith - background vocals
  • Joey Diggs - background vocals
  • Ivory Stone - background vocals
  • Patricia Henley - background vocals
  • Michael Williams - background vocals
  • Ina Wolf - background vocals
  • Maxi Anderson - background vocals
  • Joe Pizzulo - background vocals
  • Phillip Ingram - background vocals
  • Dorian Holley - background vocals
  • Alfie Silas - background vocals
  • Peggi Blu - background vocals
  • Jean Johnson - background vocals
  • Kate Markowitz - background vocals
  • Francine Howard - background vocals
  • Bernadette Barlow - background vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart[2] 86
U.S. Billboard 200[3] 133


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "LAURA BRANIGAN - MOONLIGHT ON WATER". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Laura Branigan". billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-26.