So Close (album)

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So Close
Studio album by Dina Carroll
Released January 1993
Genre Soul, dance, pop
Length 53:47
Label A&M 31454 0062 2
Producer Nigel Lowis
Dina Carroll chronology
So Close
(1993)
Only Human
(1996)
Singles from So Close
  1. "Ain't No Man"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Special Kind of Love"
    Released: 1992
  3. "So Close"
    Released: 1992
  4. "This Time"
    Released: 1993
  5. "Express"
    Released: 1993
  6. "Don't Be a Stranger"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

So Close is the debut album by British souldance singer Dina Carroll, released in January 1993 on the A&M label.[2] The album made its chart debut at #2 and remained in the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart for six months.[3] It ended 1993 as the fourth-best-selling album of the year in the United Kingdom, and its success continued into 1994 as it remained in the top 20 for another three months and again rose to a peak of #2. It eventually sold 1.5 million copies and was the highest selling debut album by a female singer in UK chart history, a record it held until 2001 when it was overtaken by Dido's No Angel.

Singles[edit]

Three tracks from So Close ("Ain't No Man", "Special Kind of Love" and "So Close") had already been Top 20 hits in the UK Singles Chart during 1992, before the album was released in January 1993. "This Time" and "Express" also became Top 30 hits after the release of the album; then towards the end of 1993 the ballad "Don't Be a Stranger" was released as a single and turned out to be the album's biggest seller, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks composed by Dina Carroll and Nigel Lowis unless stated.
  1. "Special Kind of Love" (David Cole, Robert Clivillés) 4:42
  2. "Hold On" 4:51
  3. "This Time" 5:21
  4. "Falling" 3:33
  5. "So Close" 4:54
  6. "Ain't No Man" 3:54
  7. "Express" 4:34
  8. "Heaven Sent" 3:46
  9. "You'll Never Know" 5:56
  10. "Don't Be a Stranger" (Coral Gordon, Geoff Gurd) 4:22
  11. "Why Did I Let You Go?" 3:29
  12. "If I Knew You Then" 4:18

Credits[edit]

Arranged By [Strings] – Nigel Lowis (tracks: 3 9)
Design – Jeremy Pearce
Drum Programming – CJ Mackintosh (tracks: 4, 6 to 8), Nigel Lowis (tracks: 3 10)
Engineer, Producer [Additional Production] – Steve Boyer (tracks: 3, 8)
Guitar – Nigel Lowis (tracks: 4 6 7)
Keyboards – Nigel Lowis (tracks: 3 4 6 7 10)
Leader [Strings] – David Nadien (tracks: 3, 8)
Mixed By – CJ Mackintosh (tracks: 2 4 6 7 9), Nigel Lowis (tracks: 2, 4 to 7, 9, 10)
Mixed By [Assistant] – Howie B. (tracks: 6 7 9), Niall Flynn (tracks: 4, 7, 10, 11)
Performer [All Instruments] – CJ Mackintosh (tracks: 2 9), Nigel Lowis (tracks: 2 5 9)
Photography By – Simon Fowler (2)
Producer – CJ Mackintosh (tracks: 2 9), Nigel Lowis (tracks: 2 to 12)
Saxophone – Jimmy Gallagher (tracks: 2 9)
Written-By – Dina Carroll (tracks: 2 to 9), Nigel Lowis (tracks: 2 to 9)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Dina Carroll — So Close
  3. ^ "UK charts archive". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-03-17.