Welcome to this week’s installment of “On the Shelf,” our Monday look at selected new releases hitting stores on Tuesday. We’ve already gone over tomorrow’s releases from The Killers and Evanescence; after the jump, we give new albums by Beck, The Decemberists, Sleepy Brown, and Chris Young a once-over.
Beck, The Information
The artist: Everybody’s favorite sample-happy Scientologist.
The sound: Cut and paste beats n’ irony … oh, and then there’s the song where he channels Eddie Vedder
The first in line: This guy.
The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
The artist: Grandiose yarn-spinners making the jump from Kill Rock Stars to Capitol.
The sound: Ever wonder what it would sound like if an issue of McSweeney’s was turned into music?
The first in line: Grups who’ll buy a copy of Boys And Girls In America at the same time, so as to keep their major-indie purchasing ratio at 1:1.
Sleepy Brown, Mr. Brown
The artist: Big Boi protege who sang the hook for OutKast’s “The Way You Move.”
The sound: Neptunes-produced velvety soul recalling the best moments of LA and Babyface.
The first in line: Anyone whose favorite song of the last 20 years is “Rock Steady” by The Whispers.
Chris Young, Chris Young
The artist: Stubbly Tennessee-born winner of USA’s Nashville Star.
The sound: Super-straightforward ballads and drinking songs driven by Young’s understated baritone.
The first in line: Young’s 25,000+ MySpace friends; people who got sucked into Nashville Star because they forgot to change the channel after Monday Night RAW.
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