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The week in ADM

Michael Palmer reflects on a change at the top of the ADM chart

Well well well. Well well well well well well well. Would you look at that? Just a fortnight ago, the seats at the top of our chart were occupied by Mac DeMarco and EMA, both sitting pretty on 7.9s. Not now. A swarm of new releases swoop in like killer bees and remove the measly 7.9s from power, stinging them like they're Macaulay Culkin in My Girl. Wait, no. Sorry. I'm soooooo sorry. I didn't mean that. I take it back. I know it came out in 1991, but it's still too soon. Too soon for me anyway. What about if we say that, maybe, 2021 is ok? 30 years? Is 30 years long enough to wait for jokes about little Thomas getting killed by those awful bees? On second thought maybe not.

OK. The Chart. Who's the new Chart Topper then? Wouldn't you know it, it's only Swans! Their thirteenth album elbowed the competition out the way and plonked itself right on our throne with an 8.4. Three perfect 10 scores, and only one below an 8 (a 6 from The Guardian) not only places them top, but also gets them a spot on the front page of the All Time Chart. The New York post rock split up in 1997, only to reform in 2010. That makes them - you guessed it - OBNM! Old Band New Music strikes again.

Below our new leaders sit three albums on 8.0s, Roddy Frame had his brief moment in the sun before Swans flew in and took it from him. His 8.0 being better than the other by virtue of tiny little pieces of maths beneath the surface. A perfect 10 from The Arts Desk, and 8.5 from The Line Of Best Fit and four 8s make an impressive haul of reviews. A few more of this standard and he could begin to challenge Swans for the lead.

Just behind lies Fennesz, also on 8.0. A handful of 9s and a 7.8 from Pitchfork (which is probably really also a 9) a decent result, but you can't top our chart without a few 10s under your belt young man. Come back with a few 10s and we'll see what we can do.

Rounding up the 8.0 club is tUnE-YaRdS. A whole heap of 8s, along with a fair share of 9s, balancing out the few unfavourable reviews. "A perfect antidote for countless pop albums that are too safe or predictable to leave a lasting impression" say Sputnik. The Observer observed: "Garbus's voice is jostled too much amid the hectic production to allow its personality to shine through". Well, which is it then?

Nobody has split the opinion of our sources quite like Lily Allen though. The Irish Times call her latest album "supreme pop, pure and not by any means simple" in one of a handful of 8 scores. Crack, however, call it "all profoundly pointless" and dish out a 2.5.Two point five! That all amounts to an overall score of 5.6. She has been spared the Wooden Spoon, though, by the Minneapolis hip hop pair Atmosphere. The got a couple of 7s from Exclaim and The 405, but 4s from Earbuddy and The Irish Times dragged the overall rating down to a 5.4. That makes it the second lowest score on the chart, only only one point above lowly Kid Cudi.

Oh, and The Black Keys new album has a 7.5 so far, by the way. So there's that.

Elsewhere: Little Dragon impress with a 7.6, Gruff Rhys impresses even more with a 7.8, Natalie Merchant's first album of original songs in ages gets a 6.9, and Brian Eno & Karl Hyde's collaboration gets a 6.3.

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