Welcome to On the Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at albums hitting store shelves on Tuesday. This week’s huge release is by the out-of-retirement Jay-Z, but there’s another hip-hop star with a long pedigree who has a new album out tomorrow as well: Snoop Dogg, who’s releasing his eighth full-length.
After the jump, we look at new releases by Snoop Dogg, Il Divo, and Daughtry, as well as the Ramones tribute Brats On The Beat.
Snoop Dogg, The Blue Carpet Treatment
The artist: Dr. Dre protege turned elder statesman.
The sound: Snoop’s trademark pinched delivery, backed by sun-drenched beats from Dre and the Neptunes.
The first in line: Shoppers who spotted the CD while waiting to pay for Kingdom Come.
Il Divo, Siempre
The artist: Pop-opera heartthrobs who are opening for Streisand.
The sound: Schmaltz-laden four-part harmonies and delicate guitar, including over-the-top Italian-language covers of “Nights in White Satin” and “Without You.”
The first in line: People who can’t, for the life of them, figure out what to get their grandmothers for the holidays.
The artist: Bald American Idol castoff who made waves when he covered Live’s cover of “I Walk The Line.”
The sound: Let’s just say that there’s a reason every write-up of this dude mentions Nickelback somewhere.
The first in line: Idol completists, frustrated Fuel fans, people who wore out their copy of the Hinder record.
Various Artists, Brats on the Beat
The artists: Josie Cotton, Nick Oliveri, Britt Anderson of the Donnas and other grown-up punkers do kid-friendly Ramones covers.
The sound: Pretty faithful to the originals, although the gutter grime’s been scraped off.
The first in line: Self-proclaimed “cool” aunts and uncles who feel a little weird about letting their nieces and nephews hear “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue.”
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