Surfing singer Jack Johnson was on the crest of a wave as he swept to the top of the British album chart.
His fifth release, The Sea, was made in the wake of his father Jeff dying of cancer.
It entered the charts in top spot with Michael Buble's Crazy Love rooted in second spot and Glee Cast in third, according to data from the Official Charts Company.
Johnson, from Hawaii, described the album as a "turning point", adding: "I'm having to find the father in myself now, and the album has a lot to do with that, trying to understand yourself, trying to lead your children to understand themselves."
Pendulum's Immersion and Alicia Keys' the Element of Freedom made up the top five.
The Royal Air Force Squadronaires scored the highest ever chart position for a military band with the album In The Mood: A Glenn Miller Celebration, it was claimed.
Sergeant Kev Miles, leader of the RAF Squadronaires, said: "To achieve this success is a huge moment for the Royal Air Force and indeed military musicians.
"Having served in Iraq I can appreciate what this music does for morale. You can imagine just how important this would have been for both military and civilians 70 years ago in the Second World War."
In the singles charts, David Guetta reigned supreme with Gettin' Over You. Nothin' On You, by Bob featuring Bruno Mars, and Ridin' Solo, by Jason Derulo, were in second and third spot respectively.
Last week's number one, Dirtee Disco by Dizzee Rascal, was fourth. The latest singles by Aggro Santos, Eminem, Alicia Keys, N-Dubz, Sean Kingston and Iyaz completed the top 10.