Eton Alive

Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #154 / 757
User Score
Based on 127 ratings
2019 Ratings: #545
February 22, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Extreme Eating / Label
Post-Punk / Genres / Website
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Sleaford Mods' astonishing and deceptively subtle Eton Alive provides plenty of food for thought to counter the bread and circuses on offer during a time of political austerity.

Loud and Quiet

At Sleaford Mods’ most commercially successful and culturally influential moment to date, in ‘Eton Alive’ they have delivered one of their strongest records so far; a hellfire missive thrown down by a band still very much at the peak of their powers.


While the Mods' humorous lyrics often mask the unclenching reality of their reportage, Eton Alive is a blunt album, which speaks to distorted realities.


It’s cathartic, it’s entertaining. It says: you exist. ‘Eton Alive’ makes Sleaford Mods funny again.

The Independent

This is a record that expands the idea of what Sleaford Mods could be.

The Skinny

Taking chances while renewing and enhancing their inimitable sound, Eton Alive is a belch in the face of the architects of austerity, a cry of sheer life amid an increasingly deadening environment.

The Guardian

As ever, Sleaford Mods are a voice that must be heard.


‘Eton Alive’ captures the self-proclaimed “Best Band in the World” as wide-awake as ever, dolloping fun all over their music like it’s Daddies Brown Sauce.


Though it's more than a little contrary that their first album on their own label is more melodic and emotionally immediate than their work for Rough Trade, it's one of many moves on Eton Alive that are pure Sleaford Mods.

The Observer

The anger is still prominent on the Nottingham duo’s first album on their own label, but it’s now tempered by a greater sense of resignation, most notably on those songs where he drops his regular sprechgesang in favour of actual singing.


Eton Alive ... doesn’t fiddle too much with a working formula while still sounding like the work of a band that have no plans to vacate their unexpected platform any time soon.

Spectrum Culture

Eton Alive is the first Sleaford Mods LP to strip back its façade of snotty punk satire and portray genuine dejection at the state of things.

Under The Radar

Certainly this is a vast step forward for Sleaford Mods, musically, tonally, and in terms of performance.

Crack Magazine

Beneath what feels like an increasingly chaotic veneer, Sleaford Mods have retained the vitality and venom of their earlier work. A menacing, lo-fi endeavour that perhaps isn’t at the top of its game, but stings all the same.

That's a lot of critic 80s
I hated this record at first, but it has this infectious swagger and grit about it that I am just absolutely in love with
The choons that find the Mods locked in their usual battle mode are quality mate.

When they try and turn into Hot Chip in ballad mode....nah son.
This is so groovy I can’t dislike it!
This is my first experience of Sleaford Mods, and it was an interesting experience to say the least. The lyrics and vocal delivery are all unique and hard to pin down in many ways, the instrumentation is dizzying in that it incorporates both dance-like and punk elements in a strange mixture, and the overall vibe is blunt and dim yet still blisteringly fun in a lot of ways. I've been needing my first solid post-punk album this year, and this delivered just what I needed and will end up getting ... read more
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Track List

  1. Into the Payzone
  2. Kebab Spider
  3. Policy Cream
  4. O.B.C.T
  5. When You Come up to Me
  6. Top It Up
  7. Flipside
  8. Subtraction
  9. Firewall
  10. Big Burt
  11. Discourse
  12. Negative Script
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Added on: December 5, 2018