Fool's Garden blossom into maturity
The Principal Thing - Fool's Garden (Intercord) The latest by this Dutch outfit, who captured hearts with Lemon Tree, delivers on the promise of that hit.
The Principal Thing is a big step in their musical careers.
These 12 songs prove they are not to be identified with one particular style, although they do put trust in what already has worked for them.
It is impossible to name the best song because jewels such as Probably, Emily, Why Am I Sad Today and When the Moon Kisses Town keep upping the ante.
Tubthumper - Chumbawamba (EMI) Chumbawamba have become fashionable since their first single Tubthumping was played to death on European radio stations before charting in the United States, Britain, Japan, Southeast Asia and even South Africa.
Their debut album blends a catchy groove with rollicking gospel chants and wildly infectious pop songs such as the hit Tubthumping, Amnesia, Outsider and The Good Ship Lifestyle.
Lots of good fun and it could prove to be the biggest discovery of the year.
Dark Days in Paradise - Gary Moore (Virgin) English bluesman Gary Moore joined Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, the rhythm section of the legendary Cream, to record Dark Days in Paradise, fulfilling a long-wished-for musical goal.
He assembled a band of world-class musicians, including Gary Husband, bassist Guy Pratt, and Magnus Fiennes on keyboards and programming.
The set encompasses Irish folk, jazz, ballads, jungle, hip-hop, and a touch of Eastern music.