On The Shelf: Tomorrow’s New Releases Revealed Today

Feb 19th, 2007 // 5 Comments

kidzbop.jpgWelcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at the new releases hitting store shelves on Tuesday. After the jump, a look at new records from the Kidz Bop Kids, Kittie, and Charlie Louvin, as well as a tribute to Ennio Morricone.

Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 11
The artist: The world’s No. 1 song-sanitizer.
The sound: The top 40 charts meet sixth-grade chorus arrangements.
The first in line: As long as Razor & Tie keeps pumping these albums out, parents and music teachers will keep buying them; the last installment of Kidz Bop moved 116,500 copies in its first week. But we have one question: Who on earth decided that a Hinder cover was a good idea?

Kittie, Funeral For Yesterday
The artist: Canadian metal chicks who have seen 50% lineup turnover since their last record.
The sound: Crunching riffs buried underneath almost-lilting vocals.
The first in line: Disgruntled Flyleaf fans.

Charlie Louvin
The artist: Country music legend’s first album in 10 years is backed by an all-star cast, including Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello, and members of Lambchop.
The sound: Old-school twang with alt-country touches.
The first in line: Nashville diehards; Wilco completists.

Various Artists, We All Love Ennio Morricone
The artists: Metallica, Celine Dion, Andrea Boccelli, and Bruce Springsteen, among others, pay tribute to the Italian film composer.
The sound: As you might expect, it’s all over the map, but there are also a few Morricone-conducted instrumentals.
The first in line: These guys.

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  1. trigrrrcut

    You’ve neglected to mention tomorrow’s decisivly best release. The album is ‘In Advance of the Broken Arm’ the artist is Marnie Stern, and she’s amazing.

  2. AcidReign

    …..I’m hitting the store tomorrow for the ELO “out of the blue” reissue, myself. The old CD has all sorts of digital artifacts in it, and my original LPs are badly worn. Here’s hoping Jeff Lynne’s cleaned it up, and I am curious about the new outtake “latitude 88 north.”

    …..This was my favorite album before I got my doors blown off by van Halen’s “Eruption!”

  3. Josh Mock

    What about Explosions In The Sky? Eluvium?

    No love for Temporary Residence bands…

  4. GiantPanda

    What about Pop Levi? Awesome album…

  5. Mike Barthel

    Someone’s going to write a really good piece/paper on Kittie one day. They sorta tie together everything about late 90s/early 00s white people music: they’re Canadian teenage girls, managed by their dad, who played accessible metal-sludge, then tried to go legitimate and bombed. Subsequently everyone who wasn’t related to the dad-manager left, either because they were crazy or the dad was, they started letting their guitar techs join the band, and now they’re back.

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