Lorely Rodriguez’s second album, Us, celebrates friends, family, new relationships and new beginnings. She dabbles with more R&B and less dream-pop and sings in Spanish on some tracks, reflecting back to her family roots. Her signature raw, honest lyrics are consistent throughout the album and work as her marker. This sophomore album is happier than her debut, and a pop album at its core but does not break any new musical barriers. Rodriguez’s debut, Me, which came out in 2015, was contemplative, bold and experimental, reaching much critical acclaim. Us is a bit bland in comparison, making it much less stimulating. Although this album contains some catchy songs, as a whole, Us sounds like every other pop album that came out this year.
Trial Track: “Everything To Me”