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New Kids On The Block: back where they belong

The week in ADM

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

They made it! We're at the end of the week and the illustrious, rousing, pop pioneers New Kids On The Block hang on to their spot, sitting triumphantly on page 113 on our all-time chart. The first settlers of Boy Band had a difficult start to the week, finding themselves at the very foot of our current chart. But, as a few of these five men possibly know already (I'm speculating), you have to hit rock bottom before you can truly seek help. A 5 from music OMH and a shining, golden 6 from All Music launched our pop pilgrims up to a 4.3 average, lifting them from the 114th and last page on our all-time list to their current place on page 113. Back up where they belong. They're still bottom of the current releases chart though.

Sgt. Lipton's other Band of Brothers aren't the only ones with tough ratings this week. Cold War Kids' fourth album got a handful of 7s, but finds itself on the last page of our current releases chart anyway, with a 5.8 average. They're both joined on the last page by Wiley and his 5.3. Our critics are not happy with his decision to move away from his grime roots towards a more chart friendly sound. That should drop some rain on his number one single celebration parade.

The first reviews are in for the new James Blake album, and most of them are impressed. A 7.8 average, but only one of the ten reviews so far is below 8 (a 6 from Q). Most critics say he's raised the bar, though his debut managed an 8.1. He'll need a 10 or two to equal that.

The Knife have been turning heads for putting a 19 minute song bang in the middle of their new album. Some praise their commitment to their art, some call it gimmickry. Either way, the album sits in the top 20 with a 7.6 average. Even The Guardian, who gave the lowest rating of 6, calls it "hugely impressive".

Elsewhere: Everyone kind of hates Tyler, The Creator but enjoy the work of his producer enough for a 6.9, DJ Koze picks up a Best New Music from Pitchfork, Parquet Courts gets an American release and a handful of fresh praise, Bleached chart with a 6.5, and British Sea Power receive mostly praise and the 7.2 that goes along with it.

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