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Empress Of


Second studio album by Latin American electro-pop singer-songwriter Lorely Rodriguez largely self-produced and recorded in collaboration with Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, EDM duo DJDS, and Spanish producer Pional

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  1. 8.2 |   Earbuddy

    Pretty close to being a perfect pop album
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    It's full of compact songs that steal your heart and leave. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Considerably brighter, both thematically and tonally, than its predecessor, the album ascertains the guileless exhilaration of love
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    The universality Rodriguez has sought to embody the record with is present, yet the vulnerability she is known for remains. Us brings Empress Of together with her listeners, bridging their experiences
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Joyful, lighter-than-air pop
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    A stronger, and more focused and enjoyable album
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Nothing ever disturbs the giddy, uplifting atmosphere of songs that are as euphoric as they are charming
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  8. 7.0 |   All Music

    Lorely Rodriguez's second album as Empress Of embraces the brisker tempos, syncopated percussiveness, and sense of spontaneity that she formulated on Me
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  9. 7.0 |   The 405

    Though Us runs a brisk course of 33 minutes, Empress Of manages to keep listeners’ glued to every moment that passes by
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  10. 7.0 |   Clash

    A buoyant concoction of dream-pop bangers
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  11. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    She may marry her newfound competence with her earlier creativity in the future. Until then, there's enough good work on Us to suggest Empress Of's best work is still ahead of her
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  12. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    Where Lorely Rodriguez’s debut album brought a refreshing dose of weirdness to the crowded field of alt-pop R&B, her follow-up is more of an anodyne amalgam of 2018’s pop trends
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  13. 6.0 |   The Music

    A cool mood of contemporary love
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  14. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Us misses out on everything that made its predecessor such an engaging piece of jagged pop
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  15. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her second album has some great moments but struggles to live up to the promise of its finest songs
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