Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 19, 2013
    70
    The songs on Empire are still short, and while they retain the sunny aesthetic of Explore, they reveal a more motivated and confident Park.
  2. Jun 19, 2013
    70
    While even those fond of the '90s revival may be close to overdosing on nostalgia, Empire offers a fresh enough take to make it worth a listen.
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    60
    All in all, Empire is a rather decent garage rock album.
  4. Jun 19, 2013
    60
    There’s no wild pretension and little real originality here, and it’s not going to change your life or make any critics’ Greatest Album lists, but it’s a lot of fun, and sometimes that’s all you want.
  5. 50
    Park’s songwriting is nothing if not confident, energetic, and pop aware. The downside of that focus, though, is that the album feels homogenized, both lyrically and musically.

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