Is EMA ready to replace The War On Drugs at the top of the ADM chart?
The week in ADM
Michael Palmer reflects on the week's new release in the ADM chart
It's all very civilised this week over here at ADM HQ. Who's the
highest rated new album? Everyone, it seems. Who's next in line for
the Chart Topper spot? Well, a couple of albums, actually. Right
then, but who's got the lowest rating then, that'll definitely be
someone we can make fun of? Sort of, except that two albums are
splitting the scorn. How sweet! Everyone is Spartacus all of a
At the very top of our Current Chart, it's the last week in the
throne for The War On Drugs. So who's waiting in
the shadows ready to take over? Well, nobody in particular.
EMA is the frontrunner, but only just. She sits on
a 7.9, but so does Simone Felice and Cloud
Nothings. One more tiny little review could make all the
difference. One little latecomer, a straggler, could hold all the
power. Or not and it'll just be EMA. We'll see…
So, who wins the week? Which one album took the initiative? Well,
lets see. Six 8s and some high 7s combine to help
Woods get a 7.2. A decent rating. "The perfect
balance between imaginative pop confections and untethered
psychedelic jam" according to The Line Of Best Fit. A contender
John Dwyer's San Francisco five-piece Thee Oh
Sees got four 8s, but fewer low ratings and managed a 7.2
average. "A band that refuses to settle down" say Uncut. Ok. Ok,
not bad. Not bad.
What about Rodney Crowell? Grammy award winner!
This'll do it. Surely Rodney will step up and take the r-nope, 7.2.
All Music call is "Crowell at his best", but not good enough for
Ok then. The Both released an album.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
collaborate. A.V. Club think it "makes for a charm offensive that's
hard to resist" and dish out an 8.3. Here we go! Here we go. An 8.3
from A.V. Club is a tough get. This could be a contend-NO 7.2
AGAIN. 7.2 again.
Ok, so this week we've got four different albums all competing to
be the highest rated new entry, the best of the week's releases.
And all four of them have a 7.2 average. Four separate albums all
jostling for position and nobody willing to take the lead which
isn't totally true because Ben Watt also GOT A
7.2. FIVE! Five albums with a 7.2. We give up. Sort it out amongst
So, lets turn our attention to the bottom. Who's winning the ADM
Weekly Wooden Spoon? Nobody, you know the deal by now. No one.
Ramona Lisa and Chuck Inglish
both get a 5.9 for the week. Can you cut a wooden spoon in half?
Probably not. Ok, Ramona can have it Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays. Chuck can take Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We'll
keep it on Sundays until they can sort it out.
Elsewhere: More new Pixies music get their
highest rating since reforming (6.2), Smoke
Fairies just miss out on the party (7.1), the latest
Eels effort just misses out on just missing out
(7.0) and the debut Iggy Izalea score (6.3) means
that she's officially better than Pixies, right?