Avoiding work any way I can...
So I promised a while ago not to gush about the Pet Shop Boys for a while, but I never said anything about Ace of Base. Their latest album Da Capo is by far their best effort so far, and if you like their earlier work (or are a fan of dance / pop) then you should go buy this album!
Unfortunately there are no sound samples on Amazon or CDUniverse at the moment (although C89.5 in Seattle is playing the singles from time to time) and you have to pay import prices if you're in the US (grrrr) but it's well worth the cash. You'll be singing along with Unspeakable, Remember the Words and Change with the Light before you know it. Not sure what the song World Down Under is all about -- apparently they believe that there is a world "down under", but I can authoritatively confirm that yes, Australia does indeed exist. :-)
Another recent addition is Pursuit of Happiness by Weekend Players (thanks Elliot!). If you like Zero 7's debut Simple Things (and you should ;-) ) then this is another great chill album. An interesting independent CD to look at is Unearthed by E.S. Posthumous (the site includes some free MP3 downloads). Tracks from this CD were used as music for several movie trailers including Unfaithful and Triple X (don't want to use the "real" spelling in case it is censored <g>) and it has a great "soundtrack" feel to it, even though it's not a soundtrack album.