Welcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at new releases hitting your local record shops and digital-download outposts on Tuesday. The roster of new releases this week is more robust than in past weeks, although the number of big-ticket releases is pretty slim. After the jump, we look at new albums by Pretty Ricky, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Saliva, and The Shins.
Pretty Ricky, Late Night Special
The artist: Four dudes, four sets of six-pack abs, thousands of screaming girls.
The sound: What happens if you feed four boys a diet consisting solely of R. Kelly records. Also, there’s a song called “Personal Trainer.”
The first in line: Well, someone‘s been keeping them in the 106 & Park top 10 all these weeks.
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen
The artist: Damon Albarn’s collection of NME-approved Superfriends.
The sound: World-weary laments that evoke “Help The Aged.”
The first in line: Select readers of yesteryear.
Saliva, Blood Stained Love Story
The artist: Nu-metal holdovers who have somehow stuck around.
The sound: All you need to know: “The outfit has been finding inspiration from contemporary groups such as the Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance and Jet.”
The first in line: People who are still bitter about being made fun of in high school.
The Shins, Wincing The Night Away
The artist: Sub Pop’s shining beacon of hope.
The sound: Shimmering pop with a definite Morrissey fetish–and without those transcoded scratches.
The first in line: About half of the people reading this sentence.
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