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The week in ADM

Michael Palmer reflects on the week's notable action in the ADM chart

So. Another week. We made it, guys. We survived another one. Phew! What happened this week then? Oh, they announced the winner of the Mercury Music Prize! It was James Blake. So there you go. It may end up appropriate that this year's announcement was made on Halloween, given the dreaded curse of the Mercury Prize winner - oooooooooo!. If you can add your own sound effects at home now, that'd be greatly appreciated. Though previous winners seem to have found away to get over that. As with ALL scary curse stories, a quick glance over the facts seems to immediately disprove the whole thing. Previous winners include Primal Scream (ooooo - sorry), Pulp, Dizzee Rascal, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and The xx who all seem to be doing fine.

Ever wondered what the Mercury Music Prize winner scored on our humble ADM Chart? Wonder. No. More: he got 7.9. In fact, let us have a quick peek at the ADM Mercury Music Prize Nominees League Table:

Laura Marling - 8.3
David Bowie - 8.1
Jon Hopkins - 8.1
Arctic Monkeys - 8.1
Savages - 8.0
James Blake - 7.9
Villagers - 7.9
Foals - 7.6
Jake Bugg - 7.5
Disclosure - 7.3
Laura Mvula - 7.2
Rudimental - 6.8

So the prize goes to 6th place! Who's wrong here, the Mercury Prize judges, or our collection of sources? Answers on a postcard please. Except obviously not really. Who still buys postcards?

In news closer to ADM home, Arcade Fire's Reflektor just will not run out of steam. After a rough start, with some average reviews, their score just keeps getting better and better. They're up to 7.4 now (7.1 last week, 6.7 the week before) after a handful of strong scores. Prefix chipped in with a 9.5, saying it's "so beautifully and flawlessly presented that it can be baffling at times". Its score is hampered by the fact that it still hasn't received a perfect 10 from any source, unlike their previous effort The Suburbs, which managed six 10s for an 8.6 average. Still, at this rate Reflektor will catch up in another three or four weeks.

In the meantime, Future Of The Left still top our Current Chart with their 8.6. And they're sitting pretty with no new reviews for their challengers, and no new entries getting close to the top this week. The closest was Moonface - Spencer Krug's third album charting with a 7.6. Mostly 8s, though a 9 from The 405 being anchored by some high 6s and a 7 from Pretty Much Amazing, Paste and Consequence of Sound. In a close second for highest new album is White Denim. Their 5th album includes a few Jeff Tweedy-produced tracks and a hefty bulk of 8s gives them a 7.5.

Elsewhere: early reviews are in for M.I.A. (more on that next week), Son Lux charts with a 7.2, Connan Mockasin confuses our critics to a 6.7, Midlake's first effort sans former songwriter gets a 6.5, and our wooden spoon this week goes to Unknown Mortal Orchestra who only manage 5.9 for their new EP.

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