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Rachel: Ross, where have you been all this time? Ross: It doesn't matter Rachel, just tell me… Is St Vincent still No1?

The week in ADM

Michael Palmer returns to reflect on the week's action in the ADM chart

GUESS WHO'S BACK? Like that bit of the romantic comedy when the guy comes back and the girl sees him, and starts running towards him and the guy also starts running then they meet in the middle somewhere and the girl's really happy about it, even though the guy went away before. And it's raining. And it's in an airport. It's raining inside the airport somehow. Anyway pucker up, it's another ADM weekly roundup!

So what's been happening? Are you good? What have you been up to? That's amazing. Well done you. You totally deserve that. A long time coming, right?! Yeah, thought so. Oh, us? Well, a quick look at our chart sees St Vincent perched comfortably at the top. Sitting on eight perfect 10 scores like a soft cushion, she's even managed a spot in the top 10 of the All Time Chart. The War On Drugs wait patiently next to her, sitting on a regular old chair, waiting for her to get up and leave the throne vacant. But she's not going anywhere.

Our highest new entry this week is Simone Felice. The former Felice Brothers drummer storms the top 5 of the chart with a 7.9, made up of a handful of 8s and 9s and one solitary 7. Do you think he was the Felice Brothers drummer because he's literally a Felice Brother? His last name is Felice, so the evidence is there. That's what we think anyway. But he's on his own now and seems to be doing alright for himself. He's in the top 5 of our chart with a 7.9 and-oh yes we've done that already. Still brushing off the cobwebs. Moving on…

Cloud Nothings, Dylan Baldi's lo-fi indie band project, join our Top 10 with his/their third album and it's 7.7 rating. A 4 from Q ("as if Nirvana had recorded 12 versions of Territorial Pissings for Nevermind") balanced by a 10 from Consequence Of Sound and 9s from The 405 ("up there as one of the best of the year") and The Music ("proves that you only need a little to do so much"). We're just hoping that he has a brother called Gary. That's a poor joke. Sorry. Moving on…

That Ricky Wilson guy off The Voice has a band, and that band has another album, and that album has a 5.7. Kaiser Chiefs have put slightly more effort into their fifth than their fourth, as this time they decided the track-list all by themselves. Good job, boys! Q Magazine and The Irish Times both love it, giving it 8s. The Guardian and Time Out both disagree, reckoning it's more like a 4.

This week though, our coveted wooden spoon goes to Ghost Beach. Our sources are not impressed by the New York duo's debut of electro-pop, dishing out an average of 5.3. That makes it the third worst album in our current chart. It's not without it's fans though, as Pop Matters gave 7 and The 405 gave 6.5. So it's not all bad then.

Elsewhere: Mac DeMarco impresses and gets a 7.5, Owls gets a 7.4, YG scores 7.2, The Coathangers and Shakira both get the same: 6.3, Band Of Skulls get 6.1 and Tokyo Police Club a 6.0

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