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Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

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  • 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. Jun 29, 2018
    100
    I’m All Ears is about abandoning fear and leaping boldly towards desire. It is remarkable.
  2. Jun 26, 2018
    90
    If 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.
  3. Jul 3, 2018
    86
    I’m All Ears renders flattened communication as poignant, striking not because of the novelty of being made by teenagers but because it speaks with such commanding precision to the experience of a teenager in 2018.
  4. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    Through it all, Let’s Eat Grandma encapsulate the agony and ecstasy of youth--and even more besides--in constantly dynamic ways that demand your attention. You’ll be all ears.
  5. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    Their stylistic shifts never feel contrived, especially when the results are as stunning as "Cool & Collected."
  6. Jun 28, 2018
    80
    It’s a thrill to listen to their experiments, their tinkering with sounds and ideas.
  7. Jun 26, 2018
    65
    Those two ["Cool & Collected" and "Donnie Darko"] towers loom over an otherwise sterile pop album, which lacks the hidden barbs and hazy ambiguity that drew Let's Eat Grandma's cult following.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 2, 2018
    10
    great album 10/10 we stan forever thank you rosa and jenny for this amazing release
  2. Jul 22, 2018
    10
    Beautiful electronic music, a paradise for the ears. One of the best albums of this year
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    I can´t belive how much this was, every music, every word. And please come to Brasil
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    9
    The progressive tracks surprised me greatly especially with Donnie Darko, I never felt breathless for an album-ender than this one.
  5. Aug 3, 2018
    8
    Personally, 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
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  6. Jul 12, 2018
    7
    An 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
  7. Aug 24, 2018
    6
    The 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
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