Better the Devil You Know (album)

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Better the Devil You Know
Studio album by Sonia
Released 15 May 1993
Recorded 1992 - 1993
Genre Pop, MOR
Length 44:08
Label Arista
Producer Nigel Wright and others
Sonia chronology
Sonia
(1991)
Better the Devil You Know
(1993)
Love Train - The Philly Album
(1998)
Singles from Better the Devil You Know
  1. "Boogie Nights"
    Released: 12 September 1992
  2. "Better the Devil You Know"
    Released: 1 May 1993

Better the Devil You Know is the third album by British pop star Sonia.[1] It was released on the back of her entry into the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with the title track.

Overview[edit]

Released in May 1993, the album followed Sonia's appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest. The previous year, Sonia had been selected to be the UK representative and she performed all eight songs in the Song for Europe. The 1992 participant Michael Ball had enjoyed great success with his album based on the contest when it reached No.1 in the charts, and Sonia's management were keen to see similar results.[2] "Better the Devil You Know" featured four songs from the contest (the top four placed songs: "A Little Love", "Our World", "So Much of Your Love" and the winner "Better the Devil You Know").[3] However, the album failed to replicate Ball's success and peaked at No.32 in the charts.[4] The title track however finished a close second in the Contest and reached No.15 on the UK charts.[5]

An earlier single, a cover of the disco hit "Boogie Nights" was also included on the album, while a planned follow-up to the Eurovision song, "Rescue Me" (also a cover) went unreleased.[6] This album marked the end of Sonia's hit-making period, which had lasted since 1989. From this point, Sonia concentrated on TV and stage work, while two more singles and a final album failed to find success.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Better the Devil You Know" (Dean Collinson / Red) 2:38
  2. "Young Hearts Run Free" (D. Crawford) 3:47
  3. "So Much of Your Love" (Patrick McGlynne / Jane Andrews) 3:43
  4. "A Little Love" (Harding / Curnow / Imrie) 3:22
  5. "Our World" (Johnny Warman / Nick Graham) 2:47
  6. "Set Me on Fire" (Stansfield / Devaney / Morris) 4:10
  7. "Rescue Me" (Miner / Smith) 3:09
  8. "Boogie Nights" (Rod Temperton) 3:41
  9. "Not What I Call Love" (A. Parker / S. Evans) 4:08
  10. "My Light" (M. Taylor / T. Ackerman / S. Evans) 3:56
  11. "Next to You" (A. Parker / S. Evans) 4:11
  12. "From Me to You" (A. Parker / S. Evans) 3:34
  13. "Just One Look" (Ian Levine / Pamela Sheyne) 3:31

Personnel[edit]

  • Nigel Wright - Producer on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Mark Taylor, Tracy Ackerman - Producers on tracks 8,10
  • Mark Cyrus - Producer on tracks 9, 11, 12
  • Ian Levine - Producer on track 13
  • Harding / Curnow - Mixers of track 8
  • Pete Hammond - Mixer of track 13
  • Robin Sellars - Engineer on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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