Chase & Status - "Love Me More" ft. Emeli Sandé

by PopMatters Staff

18 August 2017

This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst.
 

Mike Schiller: That “Funky Drummer” sample is the gift that keeps on giving. “Love Me More” might be the hundred-thousandth-ish song to sample James Brown’s classic ode to his percussionist, but it’s a great track nonetheless thanks to the energetic work of Emeli Sandé, who climbs to the sky with her vocal track. The strings follow her to the stratosphere, and it’s impossible to keep from getting sucked in. This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst. [8/10]
  

Adriane Pontecorvo: Emeli Sandé’s soaring voice elevates a pretty standard bass-and-drum track into a worthwhile anthem of strength. It’s lucky for Chase & Status that she’s here because the song itself isn’t terrifically interesting. Sandé’s voice is worth sticking around for, though, and “Love Me More” certainly leaves me wanting more from her in the music scene—preferably on some more memorable tunes. [6/10]

Chris Ingalls: A nice, effective fusion of dance/soul (thanks to the powerful pipes of Emeli Sande) and the drum ‘n’ bass of Chase & Status. The beats seem to really bring out the best in the vocals, creating a spine-tingling combination. An engaging, escapist dance single. [8/10]

Chris Thiessen: Really none of the elements of “Love Me More” stand out. Simple chord progression over a typical drum & bass rhythm with cliche self-love lyricism. This song may keep the energy high at festivals, but is entirely replaceable by better songs. [3/10]

Steve Horowitz: The fast beat keeps the music interesting and Emeli showcases her diva-like talents, but the excitement seems contrived. The title suggests that there will always be more (love). That feeling seems missing, What’s here provides only a reasonable facsimile of the real thing. [6/10]

SCORE: 6.20

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