- Summary: The second full-length release for the British duo of Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton features production from Faris Badwan, SOPHIE, and David Wrench.
- Record Label: Transgressive
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Positive: 23 out of 23
Mixed: 0 out of 23
Negative: 0 out of 23
Jun 26, 2018If they’ve perfected the modern pop template associated with acts like SOPHIE (on production duties here) - and they have - it’s somehow not the most impressive element of the record. The second half of the album includes a pair of breathtaking epics, ‘Cool & Collected’ and ‘Donnie Darko’, that showcase a songwriting maturity well beyond their 18 and 19 years.
Jun 30, 2018A weird, fun experimental pop album with excellent vocals and instrumentation, especially with the synthesizers. Not really much else to say,A weird, fun experimental pop album with excellent vocals and instrumentation, especially with the synthesizers. Not really much else to say, just listen to this album.… Expand
Aug 3, 2018Personally, I really want to love this record. Initially, I thought this would have the potential to be my third 10/10 album, but it turns outPersonally, I really want to love this record. Initially, I thought this would have the potential to be my third 10/10 album, but it turns out to be a bit disappointing. Although thoughtful and delivered, the album is structurally unorganized and jarring.
Best songs: Whitewater, Hot Pink, Falling Into Me, Snakes and Ladders, Cool and Collected, Ava
Worst songs, It's Not Just Me, I Will Be Waiting, Donnie Darko… Expand
Jul 12, 2018An album that gets progressively stronger and by the end reaches somewhere close to revelatory. Yes, this is an improvement on the debut, andAn album that gets progressively stronger and by the end reaches somewhere close to revelatory. Yes, this is an improvement on the debut, and yet it still sounds transitional - there should be bigger and better come from the girls, watch this space.… Expand
Aug 24, 2018The only real thing I felt from listening to this album was disappointment. The singles were mostly amazing tracks, but the album ultimatelyThe only real thing I felt from listening to this album was disappointment. The singles were mostly amazing tracks, but the album ultimately falls short in its second half and suffers from a considerable amount of filler.
The tracks Cool & Collected and Donnie Darko are unreasonably long for how lackluster they are. While excellent lyricism abounds, the instrumentals of these tracks are awkward and don't fit the theme. Songs like It's Not Just Me and I Will Be Waiting capture the feelings of longing and take the listener on an emotional journey that half of the album just can't seem to reproduce.
The album's synthwave opener, Whitewater, clears the way for Hot Pink, an angsty and powerful embrace of self-expression. Ava, while not too bad of a single, doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album at all--putting it all together should make you realize that this kind of ballad just takes away from the experience. The two instrumental breaks bring the pace to a jarring and confusing halt, and are completely unnecessary. As individual songs, most--if not all--of the tracks on I'm All Ears are solid, but combined exhibit little more than a case of mistaken identity.
The second half of this album is possibly one of the finest examples of a good idea executed poorly. It's something special, but it doesn't really blow other art-pop acts out of the park. It's clear that Let's Eat Grandma have the potential to do so, with more refinement and organization.
Best Tracks: It's Not Just Me, Falling Into Me, Hot Pink
Worst Track: Cool & Collected… Expand
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