I actually bought a CD just recently too - something I do quite rarely these days, and only for albums that are really great. I've had some CDs in my wishlist for a while, but haven't pulled the trigger.
The CD in question is from Saara Aalto, who ended up as second instead of a clearly deserved win in the recently-ended The Voice of Finland - and though I personally hadn't heard of her earlier, prior to that she apparently ended up second in the national Eurovision preliminaries last year, and back in 2007 she was in the final of Finland's Talent, as well. I guess the third time wasn't the charm for her! Despite these public appearances she self-funded her album last year, apparently not having received a contract from elsewhere.
Anyway, since I'm a sucker for female singers with a nice voice, she's right up my alley. Her album (Blessed with Love) is also available in Spotify, worth checking out if "epic love pop" (as she describes it) is your thing.
I do realize that came out as an advert pretty much, but I just find it wrong she hasn't broken through even here in Finland despite being quite great in my books, especially as she mostly writes and arranges her own songs, which I find admirable in any solo artist. Ah well, maybe the VoF exposure will finally make good things happen for her.
Her aside... Knopfler. Yeah, his is good stuff as well. Don't have any physical CDs of his, only Brothers In Arms and In Every Street from Dire Straits - but pretty much all of his albums in digital form, including Screenplaying. But GT's post made me realize I haven't actually listened to them in ages. So much music, so little time!
Definitely time to queue him up on my playlist, though.
EDIT: Haha. My younger brother just got a pair of floorstanders from a recycling center for literally 5 euros. Having taken a listen, I can't help but feel like a ret... uh, less than intelligent person having spent thousands on my stuff given my finances. Sigh!