Tomorrow’s New Releases Revealed Today

noah | May 21, 2007 5:27 am

Welcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at the new releases hitting store shelves and digital-music services. This week, we look at fresh albums from Maroon 5, The Used, KRS-One and Marley Marl, and the National, as well as the latest offering in the Kidz Bop series.

Maroon 5, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long The artist: Hall & Oates revivalists who command a nice chunk of change. The sound: Blue-eyed soul with a lot of surface appeal. The first in line: Suburban women who think Robin Thicke is a little too “edgy.”

The Used, Lies For The Liars The artist: Utahan rockers who have a brewing beef with My Chemical Romance. The sound: The first-ever emo dis record. (We think.) The first in line: Gerard Way.

KRS-One and Marley Marl, Hip Hop Lives The artist: Godfathers of hip-hop respectfully offering a rebuttal to Hip Hop Is Dead. The sound: Wise words and fresh beats being passed down to the next generation. The first in line: Nas.

The National, Boxer The artist: Brainy, blog-adored Brooklynites. The sound: Weary, gorgeous, horn-tinged rock and roll. The first in line: Weary, gorgeous, and brainy urbanites.

Kidz Bop Kidz, Kidz Bop Country The artist: The cheeriest sixth-grade chorus ever committed to tape. The sound: Scrubbed-up versions of “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” “Life Is A Highway,” and other twangy hits. The first in line: Elementary school gym teachers in the heartland.

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