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Kendrick Lamar Might Never Be Beaten
Last month a Butterfly flapped its wings and we're still reeling at its effects. The To Pimp A Butterfly Effect is real, folks. Scores of 8 or 9 have been rendered measly and inconsequential with overall ratings only in the 8s seeming as weak as when you punch someone in a dream. One day we might see an album that can challenge Kendrick's latest, or we might not. Either way, it'll take a long time until the ADM climate feels like it's back to normal.
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Right Place, Wrong Time For Sufjan
Sufjan Stevens cemented his place at number 6 in our All-Time Chart this week. His impressive haul consists of nine 10s, fourteen 9s, eighteen 8s and a one poor little 6. It's also the only album in the All-Time Top 10 that didn't top the Current Chart. It's just bad timing for poor Sufjan. Like being good at basketball at the same time as Michael Jordan. Or good at golf at the same time as Tiger Woods. Or good at Formula 1 at the same time as Michael Schumacher. Or good
at snooker at the same time as some famous snooker guy. That's not a thing, there's no famous snooker guys. Snooker is pointless.
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Disappointment For Tyler
One good review does not a good rating make. Does that actually make sense, why are you allowed to talk like that? It's like rearranging the words of "one good review does not make a good rating" a little bit makes it sound more important. Just scrambling the words about does not wise make it sound. That's directed at you, Yoda. Reading this you are I know. Anyway, Tyler, The Creator got an 8 from the NME and it looked like he'd follow in the path of critical praise his pal Earl Sweatshirt set out on, but then he got a few stinkers and he sits on a 5.9 overall rating. Creator the disappointed will be Tyler, probably.
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Bop English Surprises Everyone
Here we are in ADM towers, patiently filing the last minute Friday reviews and quietly pondering the week that was. When all of a sudden, like an RKO outta nowhere, in smashes Bop English. Snap: a 10 from The Guardian. Crackle: a 10 from The Independent. Bop: some 8s. James Petralli from White Denim's first solo album may have arrived late, but it certainly made an impact, now sitting 3rd in the Current Chart a nip ahead of Courtney Barnett.
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5 Brian Wilson Has Probably Lost It
God only knows how Brian Wilson feels at--OK. Let's not bother with those, right? It's too easy, and at this point it's just making fun of an old man. Brian Wilson's 11th solo album got a good rating in Uncut but has been slated pretty much everywhere else. And not just slated in the usual "this record is not very good" way, but slated with an air of strange sadness. Everyone reckons he's lost it in his old age. That's a shame, but people have made bad albums and not been old, right? Maybe he's got one more classic in him? If he did, wouldn't it be nice. OK, I couldn't help it. Nothing's too cheap here.
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