Welcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at the new releases hitting stores on Tuesday. This week’s slate is curiously light on both holiday music–although we do kind of want to hear the Bootsy Collins Christmas album–but it has what may be a surefire No. 1 contender in the new collection of ’60s songs from Barry Manilow. (Hey, it worked for Rod Stewart.) We’ve already given you a chance to suffer through Playing With Fire; after the jump, we look at Manilow’s new full-length, as well as offerings from Deftones, Willie Nelson, Birdman & Lil Wayne, and Lady Sovereign.
Barry Manilow, The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties
The artist: Maternally beloved crooner who isn’t writing the songs on this go-round.
The sound: Smoothed-out reinterpretations of Elvis, the Beatles, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”
The first in line: A good chunk of the 35-54 demographic, if the No. 1 debut of his last decade-themed collection is anything to go by.
Deftones, Saturday Night Wrist
The artist: Sacramento’s architects of wide-open rock spaces.
The sound: Crushing guitars, crashing drums, and lots of echo.
The first in line: We’re going to guess that a lot of people buying this record will just mosey over to the store after their 2 p.m. wake-up calls.
Willie Nelson, Songbird
The artist: Country’s red-headed stranger, with an assist from Ryan Adams.
The sound: Covers of “Hallelujah,” “Amazing Grace,” and the Grateful Dead that sneak into Whiskeytown here and there.
The first in line: Marijuana legalization advocates, Stereogum readers curious to see who the “old guy” is.
Birdman & Lil Wayne, Like Father Like Son
The artist: Cash Money’s heaviest hitters celebrate their teacher/student relationship.
The sound: Filthy beats, brain-bending rhymes.
The first in line: Someone who hasn’t already downloaded it, most likely.
Lady Sovereign, Public Warning
The artist: Britain’s tiniest, brattiest MC.
The sound: Ringtone-ready blips mixed with boastful attitude.
The first in line: The download-happy cognoscenti tired of her an Internet era ago–but will the TRL-voting masses want to spend their money on a full-length CD?
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