Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2018 Ratings: #90 / 890
Year End Rank: #36
User Score
2018 Rank: #118
Liked by 145 people
June 29, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Transgressive / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Q Magazine
They've revealed themselves as a rare, brilliant talent.
100
Dork

In a three-track blast at the front end of their second full-length, they showcase a world of youthful exuberance, glorious, carefree fun and pop nous that sets their peers back on their heels.

100
The Guardian

While missed connections litter the album – missed calls, disembodied names on screens – I’m All Ears is about abandoning fear and leaping boldly towards desire. It is remarkable.

90
XS Noize
It’s an album that cements Let’s Eat Grandma as one of the most creative and exciting bands in the world right now. And they are both still just 19 years old.
90
Northern Transmissions

Though they can often get a little overindulgent at times on this record, Let’s Eat Grandma rarely miss the mark on this record.

90
Clash

Like a magic eye puzzle falling into place, ‘I’m All Ears’ has only slightly shifted the band’s focus, but suddenly it all makes sense.

88
Sputnikmusic
There’s something to be said for toeing the line between fervent experimentation and enjoyable song craft; here, Let’s Eat Grandma walk it effortlessly.
86
Pitchfork
The second album from the UK duo is future-pop at its best: kaleidoscopic production and incisive lyrics that swirl into marvelous, breathtaking songs.
85
The Line of Best Fit

Reflecting Walton and Hollingworth’s growth and maturation over a period of approximately two years, it is a creative and infectious record, which after repeat listens, moves from being intriguing to simply irresistible.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
Let’s Eat Grandma have furnished a vessel all their own, one shaped by an appreciation for the past and a keen vision for the future. It’s no wonder it feels very now.
80
The Observer
Those who found them too precious would be well advised to try again: two years on, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth’s leap forward is remarkable.
80
musicOMH

It’s a thrill to listen to their experiments, their tinkering with sounds and ideas.

80
Gigwise
Pristine and expansive pop that beckons the mainstream ear.
80
The Independent

As a record that’s as lyrically compelling as it is sonically daring, I’m All Ears is an admirable follow-up to an impressive debut.

80
The Young Folks
A refreshingly enthusiastic endeavor, the record is precisely the call to arms indie pop needs right now.
80
Albumism

The British duo has transformed again with I’m All Ears, their second full-length record, which is simultaneously murky and bright, retiring and confrontational.

80
Mojo
If the circus-field antics are superseded by darker, sleeker dance-floor shapes, it remains a volatile, persistently disconcerting record.
80
Uncut
What felt like daydream ideas in maturation then have been shaped into trly rounded songs now.
80
AllMusic

I'm All Ears arrived almost exactly two years after Let's Eat Grandma's debut, I, Gemini, but the leap the duo makes on its second album feels like it should've taken much longer.

80
NME
This is a thrilling, fascinating album that continually startles: it’s a bold step forward and one that feels like a glimpse into the future.
80
Loud and Quiet

Through all the eccentricities and quirks, it should be said that ‘I’m All Ears’ manages to be a gloriously readable pop album on first listen. For a band hailed as cult heroes one album in, this is the boldest statement they’ve made so far.

80
The Arts Desk
Second album from eccentric teenage Norfolk duo takes them intriguingly close to pop.
80
Drowned in Sound

Depending on your taste for that kind of home-brewed, distinctively British weirdness, I’m All Ears is either a massive leap forwards or a sad lurch towards the middle-ground.

80
The Skinny

With I'm All Ears, Let's Eat Grandma encapsulate the agony and ecstasy of youth – and even more besides – in constantly dynamic ways that demand your attention.

80
DIY
Measured and calm where ‘I, Gemini’ was erratic, and packing some of the strongest pop punches we’ve heard in yonks, Let’s Eat Grandma look like they could go anywhere from here.
79
GIGsoup
While the "album" has flourished as an art form throughout the streaming age, 'I'm All Ears' is not one of those records. The aforementioned interludes are largely forgettable (and skippable) while mismanaged pacing causes a strong collection of tracks to bludgeon audiences and diminish an otherwise exceptional showing.
75
The 405
These are sprightly, assured, gratifying pop songs, pirouetting with enough agitated inventiveness to ensure each run is sunny, surprising, and fluently fun; a damn fine Summer record.
70
Spectrum Culture
Let’s Eat Grandma present themselves as outsiders and are eager to assert themselves through any power source they can get their hands on.
70
The Needle Drop
Let's Eat Grandma's sophomore album is a hodgepodge of mostly great ideas.
70
Crack Magazine
On their second album, uncanny Norwich teens Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth begin to turn their introspection outwards.
70
Rolling Stone

Ultimately it’s the spirit of adventure that runs through the entire enterprise that makes the diversity feel perfectly coherent, and timely.

70
Exclaim!

Satisfying as both a sophomore effort and streamlined pop album, I'm All Ears establishes Let's Eat Grandma as a band that need to be heard.

65
Under the Radar

While I'm All Ears never dips into the shrouded fervor of its predecessor, Let's Eat Grandma can still weave a curious quilt.

60
PopMatters

I'm All Ears stretches pretty far beyond standard synthpop sounds at times, which makes for some nice eclecticism. Well, it's nice until the group decides to stretch things out with nine- and 11-minute tracks near the end of the album.

60
God Is in the TV

Musically I’m All Ears is much more accessible than the debut and is a mixed bag in its creativity.

ThrowBackG
65

Proof that proper grammar saves lives. (Let's eat, Grandma)

Seriously though, the production makes you feel like you're being thrown around like a rag doll one moment and in some sort of colorful melancholy the next. Personally, It's been awhile since I've heard vocals mix with synthesizers this well. A head phone listen (not to mention a must listen)!

BuffaloStaple
75

falling into me hmmmmyea it's the best song of all time fo sho, how tf they my age ?!?!?!

BGL13
82

this is a really cute little pop album. it kinda reminds me of charli xcx at times but there are also more emotional cuts like ava. i do think three interludes is a bit excessive but other than that this is great

98

This Album is so goodddddd,how they talent like that?!!!!!

liminal_raptor
85

A sweet synthpop epic with a colorful range of musical styles and intense emotions. The best work of the duo yet, and it's not even close.

I've loved this project since the year it released. There's something about the ethereal beauty mixed with primal and very feminine power that permeates these songs, that's irresistible to me. The fantastic late SOPHIE producing some of these songs (perhaps most recognizably my favourite one, Hot Pink) helped with these aspects, but it's honestly first and ... read more

emilyisnotdead
100

this is like the most magic and ethereal album i've ever had the pleasure of hearing

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Added on: March 21, 2018