Welcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at the records hitting store shelves every Tuesday. After a brief hiatus occasioned by holidays and woeful new-release rosters, we’re back; after the jump, we look at new releases from America, Stacie Orrico, Diana Ross, and Stars of Track and Field.
America, Here & Now
The artist: “Horse With No Name” troubadours who’ve hitched themselves to a cart filled with the likes of Ryan Adams and Adam Schlesinger.
The sound: Amped-up Americana.
The first in line: ’70s revivalists, Fountains Of Wayne completists.
Stacie Orrico, Beautiful Awakening
The artist: Squeaky-clean pop singer who lists her influences as Jesus, Lauryn Hill, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston.
The sound: Spunky, R & B-tinged Radio Disney fodder.
The first in line: Kids whose mothers think the Hyde-lurking JoJo is too wild of an influence.
Diana Ross, I Love You
The artist: The original Dreamgirl heads down the Rod Stewart cover-album path.
The sound: Soupy reworkings of “Always And Forever,” “Take My Breath Away,” and “You Are So Beautiful.”
The first in line: Michael Jackson.
Stars Of Track And Field, Centuries Before Love And War
The artist: Blogger buzz band that got snapped up by Wind-Up.
The sound: A product of its Pacific Northwest surroundings: the electro beats of the Postal Service mixed with the massive guitars of Built To Spill.
The first in line: Bloggers who forgot that they downloaded this album last spring.
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