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The week in ADM

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

65daysofstatic continue their 42daysofbeingonthecurrentchart by holding off Arctic Monkeys for another week. All of the critics seem to have had their say on AM already, so it looks like only an unfavourable review for the Sheffield band can knock them off their perch. You could say it's all in their own hands. Except you can't really, as they're not reviewing themselves. That'd be a pretty terrible system.

Duelling it out for the highest placed new album this week are Danny Brown and The Field, both sitting on 7.7. Both boast 8.7s and a Best New Music stamp from Pitchfork as they're highest score. They also share an 8.5 from The Line Of Best Fit as their next highest. In fact, has anyone seen these two in the same room together? Maybe they're actually the same per-oh hold on, they're just two totally different people that have made two totally different albums that have a similar critical response. Shame. That would've been a really cool thing to uncover, right?

Anyway, just behind the twins in the acclaimed new album list is Lorde, who's debut charts with an impressive 7.5. She's from New Zealand and was born in 1996. NINETEEN NINETY SIX. WHAT? She was born in the same year that the Spice Girls released Wannabe. She was born two days after Clinton was elected. She has also made a pretty good album, according to our critics. Billboard rate it 9.4 and call it "honest and addictive." A host of 8s help her rating, though All Music and Spin only offer 6s, saying "She was born in the same year that DVDs launched in Japan." They don't really say that. True though.

At the other end of the chart, 6 new albums enter this week with a rating of less than 6. First up, Moby. The Arts Desk, Spin and Uncut give 8s, but Evening Standard, Pop Matters, Under The Radar and Clash disagree, giving 4s and 3s. Also with a 5.9 lie both Blitzen Trapper and Glasser. Blitzen Trapper have a full buffet table of ratings with 4, a 5.5, a few 6s, a 7 and an 8. Glasser balances The List and Time Out's praise with The Skinny and DIY's dissapointment.

A point behind that trio sit Yuck. Paste say it's "never shrill or musically obnoxious, but it's obnoxious how dull it is." Justin Timberlake followed up The 20/20 Experience and it's 7.1 rating with The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, which sits on a rather measly 5.6. A gulf of opinion; some love it, some hate it. Even more rate it 6/10. But our wooden spoon for this week goes to Dizzee Rascal. The Guardian thinks his 5th album "may prove impossible to dislike", but everyone else begs to differ. A 5.1 overall, which includes a 5 from NME, 4s from Mojo and Fact and a 3 from Clash.

Elsewhere: Anna Calvi impresses with a 7.4, Deer Tick get a 7.1, Islet make a good start with a 6.8 and Agnes Obel and Frankie Rose both manage 6.6s.

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