I'm Your Empress Of

Empress Of - I'm Your Empress Of
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #23 / 280
User Score
Based on 353 ratings
2020 Ratings: #150
Liked by 18 people
April 3, 2020 / Release Date
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Electropop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

I’m Your Empress Of is a bold statement of her individuality, nodding to her Honduran heritage but also her clear love of electronic music and Chicago house.

100
NME

Lorely Rodriguez conjures up half an hour of breathtaking avant-pop on her powerful third album.

82
Paste

The Honduran-American artist proves that raw personal narratives and dance pop can happily coexist, picking up the mantle from forerunners like Robyn.

80
Gigwise

I’m Your Empress Of pieces together a concoction of 12 swirling tunes, the world might be coming to an end, but Empress Of is out to save the pop universe.

80
Exclaim!

I'm Your Empress Of finds a perfect balance between funky percussion, understated synths, and twisting, fractured melodies delivered with remarkable emotional directness.

80
The Line of Best Fit

From the sharp synth stabs of “Bit Of Rain” to the distorted reflections of album closer “Awful”, all led by Rodriguez’s fantastic vocals, I’m Your Empress Of is a funky, generous and vibrant record.

80
Beats Per Minute

After the disappointing Us, it’s refreshing to see Rodriguez experiment with new styles and textures on I’m Your Empress Of.

74
Pitchfork

Lorely Rodriguez’s third album, largely written and produced alone, refocuses her voice into an emotionally and aesthetically rich album of heartbreak, family history, and pop delights.

70
AllMusic

It's Empress Of's best-sequenced work to this point, playing out like a colorful, catchy dancefloor musical about an ill-fated romance with an absent object of affection.

marvelgaryen
85
This dancefloor ready gem is exactly what I need in this quarantine! Since I can't go out in clubs let's dance inside with these songs.
Plats
77
Alright, I remember half-assedly reviewing "Us" back when it came out a year and a half ago. I remember liking it but an 8.3... probably didn't age very well. This was back when I was more lenient on pop albums, and it also came out literally a week before Daughters' "You Won't Get What You Want" so my view on music has rapidly progressed since then.

Anyway, "I'm Your Empress Of" is also pretty good. It's pretty formulaic and there are a few tracks that meander, ... read more
musicmagpie55
78
On I'm Your Empress Of, Lorely Rodriguez continues to develop her signature style: wet beats to bitch over. I mean that with love, Empress Of is best when her bombastic synths support her vulnerable storytelling. There are some of Rodriguez's best songs; I want 'Bit of Rain' tattooed on the inside of my ears. It so wonderfully has the Empress Of stamp while sounding like the next step forward. Another goodies is 'U Give It Up,' which has the somber energy of her second album but includes a ... read more
usedtobe
92
The third album from Honduran-American artist Lorely Rodriguez is a buoyant collection of dancefloor-ready anthems that flows with cohesion, solid knack on songwriting and sticky melodies so euphoric and heartfelt with her mother's voice strung in between harmonies on some tracks that gives it a natural progression and individuality as an artist and a musician. This record is strongly eager to make you dance and pay attention. A vibrant pop concoction to makes us forget the crisis we're in for ... read more
snowman
70
7/10
Going into this, my expectations were low. I noticed it was a pop record so I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of creativity or originality, but I was pleasantly surprised. Empress Of has something special that I can’t put my finger on. Her vocals - while not too distinct - are gorgeous and have a pretty large range. There are so many little quirky production choices that pay off and make what are originally standard pop tunes much more interesting.
The gripes I have with this ... read more
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Track List

  1. I'm Your Empress Of
  2. Bit Of Rain
  3. Void
  4. Love Is A Drug
  5. U Give It Up
  6. Should've
  7. Give Me Another Chance
  8. What's The Point
  9. Maybe This Time
  10. Not The One
  11. Hold Me Like Water
  12. Awful
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Added on: March 3, 2020