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ALBUM REVIEW: grandson's 'I Love You, I'm Trying'

Multi-platinum alternative artist grandson releases his new album I Love You, I’m Trying via Fueled by Ramen. The new album turns the lens definitively inward, resulting in a 12 track collection of grandson’s most personal and vulnerable songwriting to date. After 2020’s daring theatrical debut album, Death of an Optimist, the singer-songwriter wanted to create a project where he felt like he had “something to lose.” An album that featured honest conversations about his struggles that he was so desperately trying to overcome through songwriting in the first place. “I didn’t feel like I was bringing all of me to the table,” he says.

Lead single “Half My Heart” is an emotional track which finds grandson grappling with his own self-destructive behaviors. Co-written with Linkin Park’s Mike Shindoa, the track features background vocals from Shinoda and pop-electronic artist Wafia.

“Half My Heart captures the feeling of when you get in the way of your own happiness,” grandson shares. “I was going through a lot of personal shit with my mental health and wondering how much of it is about growing up and out of it, and how much is about accepting and learning to live with your faults, and how to still show up for your partner when you can barely show up for yourself. Sonically I worked with my old friend Mike Shinoda and had my girlfriend Wafia sing background vocals with him. The song draws on my love for modern alt like Dominic Fike, Kacey Musgraves, Joji, Deb Never, Mac Miller.” - grandson

Other lead singles from I Love You, I’m Trying include “Something To Hide” (a electronic driven rock anthem exploring the often concealed hardships he faced in adolescence), “Drones” (an industrial dance-punk anthem that revels in the bad feelings) and “Eulogy”(a chugging alternative hip-hop anthem inspired by a bad mushroom trip).

From the jump, the LP – for which grandson penned more than 40 songs and whittled them down to the essentials -- is a bold undertaking: for the opening “Two Along Their Way,” grandson repurposed an old recording his father made a generation ago; the result is a beautiful piano-anchored elegy. The sonic shift comes from a place of surrender – a surrender to control the narrative. It’s a deep dive into the psyche of a fragile, oft-emotionally unstable and yet wildly creative force. The result is a stunning, ambitious achievement, and one that peels back the layers of grandson’s public persona in ways he never could have imagined.

grandson will embark on a massive global headline tour, with over 30,000 tickets already sold in the US alone. Kicking things off with a two-month North American trek, the U.S. leg is set to begin on May 12th in San Diego, CA at the House of Blues and visits major markets coast-to-coast. Featuring special guests K. Flay, Jack kays, DE’WAYNE and No Love For The Middle Child on select dates, it rolls through Chicago, IL for a sold out performance at the House of Blues on June 11th before concluding in Hampton Beach, NH at Wally’s on July 11th. The upcoming tour will also see grandson visiting Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Tickets for all dates are on sale now and see below for grandson’s full tour routing. For more information on the upcoming dates, visit

Listen to grandson's music, check out tour dates + keep up with him below!


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