Empress Of - Us
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #422 / 675
User Score
Based on 125 ratings
2018 Ratings: #290
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
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Electropop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Slant Magazine

Considerably brighter, both thematically and tonally, than its predecessor, the album ascertains the guileless exhilaration of love.

80
Exclaim!

Empress Of takes listeners into a rich sonic environment on Us, while placing careful emphasis on the emotional territory she ventures into.

80
Dork

Where Lorely Rodriguez’s last album – 2015’s ‘Me’ – focused on herself, ‘Us’ is more playful but remains as raw and heartfelt as her debut.

80
DIY
She is as captivating as ever, but the rougher edges have been removed slightly giving us a more polished, and immediate, album.
80
The Guardian

In what can seem dehumanising times, Us reaffirms the values of community, humanity, love and personal connection.

70
AllMusic

While her earliest EPs took on a dreamier demeanor, Lorely Rodriguez's second album as Empress Of, Us, embraces the brisker tempos, syncopated percussiveness, and sense of spontaneity that she formulated on Me.

70
Clash
The new Empress Of album has arrived and its perfectly warped synth-pop production is a great statement for the musician's second studio album.
70
Northern Transmissions
Though her latest record has great vocals and powerfully honest stories from Empress Of, much of the album feels so low energy that it’s hard to feel constantly invested.
70
The 405

Though Us runs a brisk course of 33 minutes, Empress Of manages to keep listeners’ glued to every moment that passes by.

65
Under The Radar

Us is smart and thoughtful and sometimes very fun. It all sounds like great pop music on paper, but pop just isn't played on paper. Where Me felt wild and joyfully amateurish, Us feels professional and conservative.

63
Pitchfork

Very little on Us can be called weird. If you were a music supervisor in 2040, commissioning a stock soundtrack for a movie set in 2018—the exact amalgamation of sounds that’d root audiences in this year—it would sound a lot like this.

60
Spectrum Culture

In playing it this safe, Us misses out on everything that made its predecessor such an engaging piece of jagged pop.

60
Rolling Stone

Us struggles to consistently reach the vertiginous heights of “When I’m With Him” or Me, but at the album’s best, Rodriguez’s revealing narratives of fractured relationships and lonely adolescence strike somewhere deep, to the point that, if you listen close enough, her warm, whispery voice almost begins to sound like your own.

matteo
75
A pretty good alt-pop album by an artist who is definitely capable of making a great one. I think "When I'm With Him" set my expectations a little too high. It comes right at the end of the album, which makes sense, because nothing else on here is good enough to follow it. My other favorite is "Trust me Baby" - I love how her voice moves through those unexpected intervals in the chorus. But both of those songs have been out for awhile now, and none of the new ones left a big ... read more
musicmagpie55
77
While not nearly as bombastic as her Debut, "Us" is a fun project with some inspired dance-pop tunes that are pretty infectious. Dev Hynes is here, so that's fun, and you can tell he has impacted her music. I find the latter half a little more engaging, with "When I'm With Him" still being a stand out track. It is a well made and enjoyable record! Yay!
Tsareena
91
I like this as a follow up to "Me". A lot more fun, relaxed and easy to get into as an album. Love is the major theme here and the lyrics never get corny for such a common theme. It does lose some of the chaos that made "Me" so enjoyable and it's a lot more mainstream as well which I don't mind.
Faves: I Don't Even Smoke Weed, I've Got Love, When I'm With Him
76fex
59
Her voice is not great, but it is interesting. This album is not great, but it is interesting.

Nearly every track suffers from insipid construction. The few that do hold their own [Everything To Me, I Don't Even Smoke Weed] don't carry enough weight to make a statement as resounding as the albums salvation: When I'm With Him--effortless and effervescent.
JoaoSantos
59
This album makes me so MAaaaAaaAaAAD. It wastes so much potential. It's just really safe. There are some gold moments here and there tho.
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Track List

  1. Everything To Me
  2. Just The Same
  3. Trust Me Baby
  4. Love For Me
  5. I Don't Even Smoke Weed
  6. Timberlands
  7. I've Got Love
  8. All For Nothing
  9. When I'm With Him
  10. Again
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