THIS is the time of year when everyone rushes to release new albums in the hope of squeezing into the music awards' nomination lists. True to form, three of Hong Kong's four Canto-pop 'kings' have new albums on the market. Jacky Cheung Hok-yau - Me and You (PolyGram): Cheung is hot and 1993 was his year. He had more hits than you could count on both hands. Of the four 'kings', Cheung is consistently the most polished and certainly it would be hard to fault his performance onMe and You. Cheung's appeal lies in his ability to come up with more catchy tunes than the average Canto-pop star. Many of the songs on Me and You are already popular on the radio and in karaoke bars. The first single from the album, Only Want to Follow You a Lifetime, picked up 'best song' awards at both RTHK and Commercial Radio annual presentations. Me and You seems destined for a long spin on the local charts. Andy Lau Tak-wah - Falling in Love (Warner): 1993 wasn't a particularly good year for Lau. His chart performances weren't a patch on his popularity three years ago when he first made his comeback. This could be blamed in part on the switch to a new recording company, a move guaranteed to bring any singer's career to a temporary halt. Falling in Love, however, shows that Lau has recovered from his brief stutter. The songs have picked up in quality and are almost all originals, with lyrics for four written by Lau under a pseudonym - although he has been reluctant to admit it. Ironically,the best cut in the album is one of the few cover versions. The Dream is Warm Tonight is a smooth, mellow song typical of many Japanese ballads that have been covered by local singers. Leon Lai Ming - Chateau de Reve (PolyGram): Lai seems to have adopted pretentious French titles for his albums these days, even though most of his fans will have know idea what they mean. Other than a fancy title, Chateau de Reve, has little going for it. Lai experiments with new singing styles, not all of which work for him. His cover version of the French hit Cannot Refuse, for example, comes nowhere near the charm of the original. His thick vocals have always been best suited for ballads - which have driven many teenage girls into a frenzy. In Chateau de Reve, he has adopted a more nasal tone, losing his edge in the one genre he is good at. Charlie Young Choi-nei - Feelings of Love (EMI): Watch out for this bright young thing. She has the three basic ingredients for success in Hong Kong: looks, youth and a passable voice. At just 18, Young is already giving Vivian Chow Wai-man, the current queen of sweet, a run for her money. Chow has the benefit of experience, but Young has plenty of time to brush up her skills. The problem with Feelings of Love is that the record company does not seem to be able to decide whether to portray her as a maturing young woman or a teenager. It starts off with a lament about a broken heart, Won't Cry in Front of You, and goes on to a cartoon-like anthem. But, once the confusion is sorted out, Young could prove to be the next teenage idol. Shirley Kwan Suk-yee - The Story of Shirley (PolyGram): If there's one thing Kwan lacks, it's luck. She has been faltering near the bottom rung of the up-and-coming list for some time. With the emergence of Faye Wong, and some contractual 'problems' of herown last year, she has once again been bounced out of the top three positions. But that is no reflection on her talent. She is a versatile performer who can carry off ballads with as much flair as more upbeat tunes. The Story of Shirley is her best work yet. A well-balanced, slickly-produced album, it is chock-full of appealing songs, such as False Love. a wistful ballad that tells, well, the story of Shirley. There is one old release here, Solo Song, which was wasted as part of a various artists compilation released previously.