Friday, April 10th, 2020

Empress Of – Give Me Another Chance

A Roger Sanchez fan writes…


Kat Stevens: An enticingly cosy microhouse bubble, punctured by sharp, emotional chorus jabs, but continually regrowing, enveloping all that try to escape.

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: The title is the hook, and Empress Of repeats “give me another chance” over and over, so hypnotically that it starts to sound less like a request and more like an enjoinment. She doesn’t sing so much as coo, and while the beat behind her never changes, it still sounds so sensual and textured that it seems like it’s growing. Who knew contrition could sound so sexy? 

Leah Isobel: “Love is a labor / I wanna do wo-ork,” Lorely Rodriguez sighs over spare, trancey synths and thumping percussion; the way she splits “work” over a half-step is the sexiest sound I’ve heard this year. If this song didn’t lean so heavily on its recitative chorus, I’d score it higher just for that moment. Instead, it’s a brief window into ecstasy that snaps shut just as fast.

Ian Mathers: Sets out its case as starkly as possible, lyrically, sonically, even in running time. Feels vaguely throwback-y, but in a good way. Is arguably not dealing from a position of strength, but damn, it does not feel that way.

Kylo Nocom: Never expected a combination of Coastal Haze and 2 Unlimited in a pop song but I’m not complaining.

Ryo Miyauchi: Such a radiating house beat demands heated drama from its host, and on paper, the lyrics of “Give Me Another Chance” seethe with desperation that directly responds to the music. Empress Of, though, navigates through all this tension with surprising ease: “I know I’ll still live” is the line that sticks out from all of her calls for attention, as though she ultimately acknowledges that this isn’t life or death, but just love. Her nonchalance is less a lack of enthusiasm than it is a display of clarity: Empress Of knows exactly what she needs to wager, and her icy cool draws you closer.

Michael Hong: “Give Me Another Chance” hits the reset. It makes its titular request and then spends the rest of the track attempting to provide some logical reason that that’s the best option. On the title line, there’s no pleading, there’s no begging, but for one second that morphs “Give Me Another Chance” into something more complex, Lorely Rodriguez drops the empirical logic. “Choose me over her.” The desperation in that line recontextualizes Rodriguez’s distance as not logical but guarded, wary of the answer. The club background offers her the chance at escape and the track’s hard reset offers a final piece of cleansing release, whatever the outcome.

Reader average: [7.66] (3 votes)

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2 Responses to “Empress Of – Give Me Another Chance”

  1. I’m SO GLAD this scored high; the entire I’m Your Empress Of album was bop after bop, especially Should’ve.

  2. If “Give Me Another Chance” were made for the club, you wouldn’t be dancing much. Each verse is restrained in its build-up and release, synths jolting in and out to try and make the neon euphoria and strobe lights believable, but it’s a distraction that doesn’t work. The episodic pangs are all-too-familiar — the grandstanding self-declarations (“I can be willing”), plea to stay (“I don’t want to lose you”), reassurance of self-sufficiency (“I know I’ll still live”) — and only one phrase remains, clinging to the air in the aftermath and submerging Rodriguez’ mind with each move: “Give me another chance.”