The 1988 Eurovision Song Contest was the stage upon which the Hothouse Flowers first came to wider public prominance as the interval act and in the process launched their careers. People, their debut album, is one of the best Irish albums of the 1980's and ranks alongside better known albums such as U2's The Joshua Tree. The 13 tracks of celtic soul deal predominantly with love and relationships and showcases the fine musicianship and outstanding vocals of the group. Lead singer Liam O'Maonlai has one of the best voices you will hear and it is worth getting the album for this alone.
The outstanding tracks on this album are the two singles, Don't Go and I'm Sorry, which give Liam O'Maonlai a chance to demonstrate his voice and piano playing virtuosity. Other tracks which standout are the mournful Hallejuah Jordan and the bitter Yes I Was. The rest of the album is made up of soulful tracks which are a pleasure to listen to. If you only buy one Hothouse Flowers album this is the one to have, as it captures them at their best.