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Empress Of
Us

7/10

Released in 2018
Reviewed November 5 2018

Us

Let's get one thing out of the way first. Having entered the scene with Me in 2015, Empress Of is now back with Us. Ideas for the next album title are probably welcome. Something to do with family? Them? Or love? You? Anyone's guess.

Anyway.

When hearing this for the first time, my immediate fear was of a blunt tool. What was once smart pop with an edge and a real craft to it might have been swallowed by the sheer desire to produce. (It's certainly present in the rather pointless 'Trust Me Baby'.)

If you've read this far, you've probably guessed the fear was unwarranted. Yes. To a degree. Still more smart than smooth (see 'I've Got Love'). But when … Them? You? … comes out, it shouldn't be much more polished.

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