Empress Of - Me
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #117 / 918
User Score
Based on 228 ratings
2015 Ratings: #80
Liked by 2 people
September 11, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Terrible / Label
Electropop, Art Pop / Genres
empressof.com / Website
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The Line of Best Fit

Me is both a fabulous anthology of boisterous pop songs, and a timely, revelatory album for a lot of people to live vicariously through.


What makes the first proper album from Empress Of so impressive is that it's not just Rodriguez's most outwardly pop-focused work to date, but also her most restlessly experimental and ... lyrically raw.   

The 405

There's an immediacy and energy to the album's pop stylings that eluded much of her previous work; it's gregarious and loud, adorned with sonically adventurous flourishes but not at all bothered with dream-pop's obfuscatory soundscapes.


Me is Rodriguez' most fully-formed artistic statement yet, an intensely personal, self-assured outing that cements her as a powerhouse producer.

The Guardian

It would be easy to dismiss Empress Of as hipster detritus, hot on the heels of XL labelmate FKA twigs. But Lorely Rodriguez is making coolly affecting experimental pop that’s all her own.

Under The Radar

Empress Of tackles heartbreak and passion through a refreshingly feminist lens. Girl power never sounded so good.


Me is a brilliantly confident album that fulfils – and builds upon – Rodriguez’s early promise.

Pretty Much Amazing

Me is an album of crushingly introspective songwriting set to certifiably exciting dance music.


The songs on Me are hookier and contain brighter synth textures and more intricate production, and Rodriguez's voice simply sounds far more original than before, without sacrificing her impressive range and vocal acrobatics.

It's a sharp, raw and euphoric record. A stunning and outstanding debut.
Interesting ideas lead to interesting execution. Empress Of's "Me" has the hooks and the sound, somewhere, but most of it takes no time or too much time to really click.

The faults is due to its own only identity. Interesting ideas lead to interesting execution and most of it is a short rush and nothing more.
Hay cosas que el tiempo lo mejora, de eso no hay dudas, y hoy puedo decir que "Me", el debut comercial de Lorely Rodriguez, mejor conocida como Empress Of, es uno de los trabajos con el sello marcado de "pop", más sobresalientes de toda la década.

La composición de armonías, el individualismo y la tonada synth que emerge de una ola bailable, son perfectos para catalogar a este material como un "electropop-punzante", y el contenido lo ... read more
Aside from Rodriguez' traditional pop vocals, this record shows a much more adventurous artist, focusing her efforts on original, brand new soundscapes (that may be sometimes weird and intriguing for a pop record) and strong lyrical content, as the singer/songwriter forges a new identity for herself, all inside her own personal universe. Not just on the title this album is about herself, her wishes, fantasies and artistic detours, which are depicted beautifully on every otherwordly track on the ... read more
Okay... this is the album that introduced me to p*tchfork lol! But I’m so glad I found this gem because it’s forever apart of me
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Track List

  1. Everything Is You
  2. Water Water
  3. Standard
  4. How Do You Do It
  5. To Get By
  6. Kitty Kat
  7. Need Myself
  8. Make Up
  9. Threat
  10. Icon
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Added on: July 20, 2015