AOTY 2019
Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #354 / 763
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2016 Ratings: #276
June 17, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Transgressive / Label
Ambient Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
The end result is consistently wonderful. Let’s Eat Grandma have made one of the most intoxicating, inventive and original records of the year.
90
Clash

That a record so dark and ripe with nuance can also harbour such blatant pop sensibility belies the duo’s young age while serving as a testament to their rampant eccentricities.

80
Loud and Quiet
It’s not without the missteps you’d expect from a debut this wild (‘Sleep Song’ is overlong; ‘Chocolate Sludge Cake’ annoying in part) but it seems reductive to denounce ‘I, Gemini’ on account of its lack of focus when we’ve grown so tired of young musicians obsessed with a nostalgia they can’t remember but we can and are sick of.
80
NME
While their pop sensibilities are clear, the music is surreal and dense, with guitar, synthesiser, saxophone, glockenspiel, recorder and vocals that lurch from sugary to shouty.
80
The Guardian
At a time when every major album release is a fastidiously managed event designed to be as bleeding-edge as possible, we should be thankful for Let’s Eat Grandma, two multi-instrumentalist 17-year-olds from Norwich who seem to have zero interest in tailoring their outsider pop to current tastes.
80
No Ripcord

The more you listen to this record, the more it impresses you, even if their name is downright awful.

73
Pitchfork
The teenaged duo Let's Eat Grandma explore the nightmarish whimsy of nursery rhymes and folktales with a distinctly English flavor on their chilling and impressive debut.
70
AllMusic

At times, Hollingworth and Walton's freewheeling experimentation gets a little too chaotic, but I, Gemini is an adventurous debut filled with moments of surprising beauty and humor.

70
Spin

Not everything works, and the second side maybe gets bathed in one too many foggy organ dirges, but I, Gemini is like the chorus subject in weirdo-pop single of the year “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms”: Never invincible, but never predictable.

65
Under The Radar

Their debut LP may be underpinned by the exuberance of youth, but the U.K. duo's inventive sonic range—including massive gyrating synths, tender glockenspiel chimes, and even a spot of (perhaps ill advised) rhyme spitting—points to unexpectedly ripened ears.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

I, Gemini is an exorcism of youth, pointing at grandma’s history and consuming it, an echo of pop’s past and an ahistorical shriek of arrival.

40
DIY
Let’s Eat Grandma clearly have the potential to merge fantasy and instant fix pop, but this debut is more a showcase of their peculiarities than anything else.
bikaneal
70
This is completely another music direction that have been masterfully expressed in such a small album. One day "Sleep Song" made me feel like i was in a dream and then when one of the girls started to scream and then there was only sound of purity my eyes temporary got blind and my mind flew somewhere away even despite of my tries to walk ahead. That was an incredible feeling and this memory will be kept in my consciousness as an the great one which cannot be repeated.
Skaut
70
I like their follow up more than this one. There are some uninteresting moments that make some of the songs quite a bland listen. But it's good for a few listens.
odilio
50
Tiring and awful, but intresting.
Hops
58
Top 3 Tracks
- Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
- Rapunzel
- Sax in the City
youneedhelp
77
one of the most disturbing, intresting records I've heard.

77/100
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Track List

  1. Deep Six Textbook
  2. Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
  3. Sax in the City
  4. Chocolate Sludge Cake
  5. Chimpazees in Canopies
  6. Rapunzel
  7. Sleep Song
  8. Welcome to the Treehouse, Pt. I
  9. Welcome to the Treehouse, Pt. II
  10. Uke 6 Textbook
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