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Their first and most popular album, this was released after a series of smash hit singles, and was called 'Happy Nation' in the UK. It sold massively in the States, where for a short while they swept aside the tail-end of grunge.
At the time, they seemed like a cross between Abba (light pop with skewed lyrics, in particularly 'All that she wants' in which, the 'baby' was supposed to be a 'boyfriend', and not an actual 'baby') and the then-huge wave of 'reggae-lite' bands. Combining bouncy beats with surprisingly morose lyrics ('Happy Nation', in particular, is positively glacial, and has a bit in medieval Latin - take that, Enya!), it's very 1993, especially on the 'Bhangra' remix of 'All that she wants', which sounds as if more than seven years have passed.
During that seven years they released a follow-up, 'The Bridge', which didn't sell very well at all, and a further follow-up, 'Flowers', which was slightly more popular, and contained the excellent 'Life is a Flower'.