- 20 May 22
Ye Vagabonds have also entered the chart at No.28.
While Kendrick Lamar scores his first ever No.1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart with Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, there's also plenty of Irish success stories on the chart this week – with The Blizzards and Ye Vagabonds' new albums debuting at No.11 and No.28 respectively.
The Blizzards' new album, Sometimes We See More In The Dark, has been described by Hot Press as the Irish band's "most fearlessly vulnerable project yet."
"Compared to The Last Great Algorithm, it’s completely different – in a good way," The Blizzards' Louize Carroll recently told us. "And that’s because [Bressie] tapped into his own truth on every single one of the songs. He made better connections to his own experiences. I think he felt the courage to actually go in there and speak quite vulnerably, in a way that he probably hadn’t before – which has contributed to the power of the album.”
Nine Waves, the new LP from Irish duo Ye Vagabonds, was also praised by Hot Press:
"Three albums in and the quality control remains as high as ever," John Walshe wrote in his album review.
'An Island' – one of the highlights from Ye Vagabonds' album – has also entered the Irish Homegrown Top 20 at No.10 this week.
“I had a load of ideas, and bits of melodies, and a couple of fragments of lyrics that had been floating around for years, which I hadn’t really had time to work on before,” one half of the duo, Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, told us in a recent interview. “And then I suddenly had nothing but time. Some of it was like a self-soothing exercise – like an escape from the one room.”
At the top of the chart, Kendrick Lamar's new project was the most streamed album of the week – and marks his third Top 10 album in Ireland. He's followed by Florence + The Machine at No.2 with Dance Fever.
On the Official Irish Singles Chart, meanwhile, Harry Styles has scored a seventh week at No.1, with 'As It Was'. Following the release of Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar also occupies three spots in the Singles Chart's Top 10 – with 'N96' (No.4), 'Die Hard' (No. 7), and 'United In Grief' (No. 7).
Read interviews with The Blizzards and Ye Vagabonds in the current issue of Hot Press – out now: