Over My Heart

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Over My Heart
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1993
ProducerLaura Branigan, Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, Phil Ramone
Laura Branigan chronology
The Very Best of Laura Branigan
Over My Heart
The Best of Branigan
Singles from Over My Heart
  1. "Didn't We Almost Win It All"
    Released: 1993
  2. "It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You"
    Released: 1993
  3. "How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment Weekly(favorable)[2]

Over My Heart is the seventh and final studio album by American singer Laura Branigan. Released in August 1993, it was Branigan's most personal album and saw her again try her hand at producing, alongside successful producer Phil Ramone. While the Gloria Estefan-penned "Love Your Girl" was aimed for the clubs that made her famous, the album was ballad-heavy, including the opener "How Can I Help You To Say Goodbye"; the Spanish-language "Mujer Contra Mujer"; "Mangwane (The Wedding Song)" (taught to her by her friend Stevie Godson, who was also the executive producer on the track), sung in Sotho, a South African language, and recorded there with the Mmabana Children's Choir; and several of her own compositions, "Didn't We Almost Win It All" and "Over You".

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Eddy from Entertainment Weekly wrote, "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."[2]

"Didn't We Almost Win It All"[edit]

"Didn't We Almost Win It All" was released as the first single from the album. Larry Flick from Billboard described the song as "a sweeping power-ballad" from Branigan's "delicious (but sadly underrated) Over My Heart album." He added, "Branigan's distinct, crystal-clear voice is warmly familiar, running through a gamut of theatrical emotions as only she can. The arrangement is packed with grandiose piano rushes, nimble guitar riffs, and pounds of faux-strings. Like sinfully tasty candy for the brain."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye"Karen Taylor-Good, Burton Collins4:29
2."The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye"Per Gessle5:07
3."Over My Heart"Eric Martin, André Pessis4:24
4."It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You"Michael Bolton, Doug James3:41
5."Is There Anybody Here But Me"Kevin Wells, André Pessis4:51
6."Love Your Girl"Gloria Estefan, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald4:34
7."Didn't We Almost Win It All"Laura Branigan, Brian Bec Var5:09
8."Only Time Will Tell"Kevin Wells, André Pessis4:25
9."I'll Wait for You"Laura Branigan, Kevin Wells4:40
10."Mujer Contra Mujer"José Maria Cano5:07
11."Over You"Laura Branigan, Billy Branigan5:20
12."Mangwane (The Wedding Song)"Traditional4:02


  • Laura Branigan - vocals, background vocals
  • Beatrice Akuoko, Dela Amuzu, Gloria Ayee, Manuela Ayee, John:Carol Bukenya, Ann Davis, Rena Davis, Slaveca Gavrilovic, Khumo Khaole, Malebogo Felicity Mabille, Bruce Molema, Mpho Pharasi, Mokgoberg Refilwe Phirwa, Thenjiwe Roda, Refilwe Roselinda Moiloa, Golda Schultz, Barbara Sentongo, Sphumele Sibeko, Khanyisa Thakula - children's chorus
  • Jacob Bantsejang, Gladys Kgadiete, Bushy Monakwane, Grace Msumbu, Patricia Tong, Ingrid Tubo - vocals
  • John Benjamin Bukrnya, Christina Luboyera, Neo Carol Matte, Valentine Kgothatso Motlhabi - choir
  • Billy Branigan, Jill Dell'Abate, Rory Dodd, Joy Francis, Karen Kamon, Curtis King, Charles Mangold - backing vocals
  • Tony Beard, Kevin Wells - drums
  • Brian Bec Var, Jeff Jacobs, Clay Ostwald, Eric Rehl, Peter "Ski" Schwartz, Dave "Squiggy" Biglan - keyboards
  • Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Bushy Monakwane - bass guitar
  • Billy Branigan, Charlton Pettus, David Spinozza - acoustic guitar
  • John McCurry - electric guitar
  • Dave Greenfield, Jeff Greenfield, Steve Greenfield - alto saxophone
  • Bashiri Johnson - percussion
  • Lenny Pickett - tenor saxophone


  • Producers: Laura Branigan, Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, Phil Ramone, Stevie Godson
  • Engineers: Charles Dye, Danny Grigsby, Lolly Grodner, Richard Mitchell, Clay Ostwald
  • Assistant engineer: Louis Alfred III, Jim Caruana, Sean Chambers, Tom Fritze, Alister Glyn, Andy Grassi, Ron London, Jennifer Monnar, Michael Thompson
  • Mixing: Danny Grigsby, Lolly Grodner, Jay Healy, Andy Smith
  • Mixing Assistant: Andy Smith
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi
  • Programming: Jorge Casas, Roy McDonald, Clay Ostwald
  • Project coordinator: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Sampling: Roy McDonald
  • Arranger: Laura Branigan, Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Jeff Jacobs, Clay Ostwald, Phil Ramone, Eric Rehl, Peter "Ski" Schwartz
  • Computers: Roy McDonald


Chart performance for Over My Heart
Chart (1993) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 151


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ a b Eddy, Chuck (February 18, 1994). "Over My Heart". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. ^ Flick, Larry (September 18, 1993). "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. p. 73. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Response from ARIA re: Laura Branigan's ARIA chart history, received December 22, 2017". Retrieved December 22, 2017 – via Imgur. Note: The "High Point" number in the "NAT" column represents the release's peak position on the national chart. This only contains chart information from the commencement of the ARIA-produced chart in mid-1988.