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Chris

Christine and the Queens

2018

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Chris
Album Summary

Chris is the second studio album by French singer Christine and the Queens, released on 21 September 2018 in both English and French versions through Because Music. It was preceded by the release of two singles, each of which were released in both English and French versions: "Girlfriend" / "Damn, dis-moi", featuring Dâm-Funk, and "Doesn't Matter" / "Doesn't Matter (Voleur de soleil)". An English-language single, "5 Dollars", was also released alongside an S&M-inspired video, followed by the French version of "La Marcheuse".On iTunes and other online streaming and download services, the album includes 23 tracks, with 11 in English and 12 in French, most of which are versions of the same song. The album is available physically in individual French and English versions and sets including both.

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Rating

2.89

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10875

Genres

  • Pop

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Mon Mar 21 2022
1

I struggled with eighties pop throughout, and this [albeit more sophisticated] reincarnation of the genre is no exception. Only that it lacks the romantic perspective we can now afford eighties pop. Also, this album is way too long.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Like many other albums that are on this list I’m struggling to see why? But that’s the beauty of a list like this, variety and diversity. I didn’t dislike it, I just felt that I had heard the tunes before but with a different artist singing

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Thu Sep 08 2022
1

Do you hate pop music? Do you hate french pop music? Do you hate french pop music that contains features ok k-pop, such as singing chorus in a foreign language? Then this is the perfect album to hate!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

i feel kind of conflicted here I liked the french version more than the english because I could enjoy the vocals and production, for that the french version gets a 6/10 but that was a really cringey message in english it felt like some kind of left wing circlejerk, like I’m just picturing excited soyjack looking at this album saying “holy shit! a queer, androgynous woman singing about how stupid god is! slay the patriarchy my queen!” it was just so lame and cringey hearing these lyrics, I’ll give the overall album a 4/10

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

This album has a cultural importance that shouldn't be ignored, but musically, this brand of pop does less than nothing for me. Best track: Girlfriend

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Of course an incredible record. Christine and the Queens nails a balance between pop formula and experimentation within a synth framework that really blasts past her competitors in the pop scene. When listening to her, you feel very trendy but not douchey.

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Wed Aug 09 2023
5

fuck yea gay shit on this list. mint.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

I heard nothing in this album that made me think that it belongs on this list. 2/5

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Competently executed but sorta soulless and glossy and generic late 2010s global pop … music for an airport lounge when wait is hopefully not too long.

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Thu Mar 14 2024
2

I understand why someone enjoys this, but it's definitely not me. This is played daily at Marshall's though.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
1

This album is deeply boring. Bland vocals. Uninspired arrangements. Flat, tinny beats. Respect to Letissier/Chris for living her truth, but this album is like a clone of the most boring, formulaic aspects of pop music in the 80s. Fave Songs: Don't have one. Doesn't Matter and Girlfriend are probably the least annoying to me.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
1

i like - girlfriend, doesn't matter sounds like if chatgpt made music

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Now this is how you make a pop album up my alley. Full of bops and bangers, solid variety of sound and approach without sacrificing a clear identity, and just a damn good time.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
2

Why would someone recreate soulless 80s synth-pop in 2018? And why is this on a list of must-hear albums?

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Mon Apr 29 2024
1

The definition of background music

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Thu Apr 20 2023
2

While the French version is better, this album has no real redeeming qualities. It's not bad per se but it's the very definition of generic and even artificial (as in lacking soul). An 80s wanna-be vibe albeit with a better production sound. Been there done that.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
2

Didn't do much for me. Sounds like a one hit wonder from the 80s, but it was only released a few years ago. The French version does sound a little better than the English version.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
1

Only listened to the French half, because I'm not listening to the same album twice in a row and because I felt silly today. Bullshit music. Generic radio pop. Zero unique or interesting ideas. A complete waste of time that felt like the audio equivalent of drowning in mud.

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Mon Apr 08 2024
1

This was released in 2018?! It sounds straight out of '88. Why are we going backwards with this Michael/Janet Jackson wannabe nonsense? Music has progressed past these garbage synths and trash drum machine sounds. I'm sorry. I have no patience for this pseudo-retro bullshit.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

English and French language versions of, quite frankly, my favorite album of the year that it was released. Chris found Christine and the Queens (and its focal point, Héloïse Letissier) at peak form, bending pop music to its absolute will with sheer technical ability and unmistakable brilliance in cultivating emotions from within. I love this album, I have great memories attached to this. It's nice to once again come across such wonderful sounds that stick to you and endears you to the point to going back to it again and again. Long may Chris reign!

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Great french pop! Worth putting in my heavy rotation!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

I discovered Christine and the Queens a few years back on spotify and fell in love. She has become an absolute favourite of mine and it was a delight to have to listen to this album again. I'm really looking forward to see where her career takes her.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

This is a really nice album. I love the music, love Chris’ voice, love the French and English. Love it all! Wonderful discovery.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Very fun in English and in French.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I really found this pleasant to listen to, but I really could not follow the meaning of the lyrics even when reading along. Definitely something lost in translation for me.

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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

I honestly cannot day why, precisely, this album landed so well with me. Maybe it was my mood. Bit the poppy, sultry, dark, multilingual qualities all sorta worked t9gether to make me really dig this. Another day, another time, it may have fared worse.

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Thu May 18 2023
5

Brilliant stuff, engaging and poppy. 5 stars

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Tue Jun 06 2023
5

Amazing find. Great French pop.

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Sun Mar 24 2024
5

I've been meaning to listen to this record in full since 2019 when I discovered them, because of their feature on Charli XCX's 2019 song "Gone". I heard a few songs from the project before this full listen, so I knew I was going to like it. In full, it definitely matched my expectations. I think this is a perfect pop record.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
5

I had never even heard of this band before. And I start listening to it and I'm like what the hell is this French lesbian R&B?! And then after while I'm like this is some damn good French lesbian r&b! A keeper and a sharer

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Mon Apr 15 2024
5

finally music for gay people

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

Llegué a esta artista hace unos años atrás, en pandemia. Ahí empecé a redescubrir el pop hecho por mujeres y disidencias sexuales y, dentro de todo lo que escuché por recomendación de una influencer argenta, fue el pop queer. Esto fue algo de lo que más me gustó. Me sorprendió cómo Chris tiene una búsqueda que excede lo musical. Jugada en su estética, en el cambio de su identidad sexual, sus letras, sus videoclips, me dio a entender que muchas veces éste género es más vanguardista que el rock.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

This hits right in the Tegan and Sara spot for me. I'd be shocked if Tegan and Sara weren't aware of and fans of Chris. I think I prefer the french versions, but the English versions are great too. Makes me want to smoke a cigarette.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
4

Will always love this album!!!

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Fri Feb 02 2024
4

I had never heard of Christine and was ready to dislike this album after reading the summary, but was very pleasantly surprised! I will definitely be playing more of this in the future.

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Mon Feb 05 2024
4

Pop, dance, a veces chill out. Me ha gustado. Las canciones en francés le dan un plus. Un 4.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

Tres bien. C'est un album quatre etoiles.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

Such strong Michael Jackson vibes listening to this album. The production values are pristine Christine. I appreciated the English/French versions of all the songs. Just a stunning album, really.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
4

incredibly fun and poppy, easy to listen to, and creatively composed electronic pop that adds fun twists to prevent it from seeming stale and boring.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
4

Above average pop album; a bit reminiscent of the 80s. Nice. 3.5/5

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Wed Feb 28 2024
4

I had high hopes after hearing "Girlfriend." The level of production is squeaky clean the entire way through and sounds like a French Lorde/Tegan and Sara/SOPHIE. I liked that this album featured both English and French versions, which is something I would like to see more often from multi-lingual artists. Impressive, but it doesn't keep it's momentum the whole way through enough to hold my attention the whole time.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
4

Again, off-beat synth pop is basically my jam. I dig this

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Mon Mar 11 2024
4

How did I not know this existed? It loses steam toward the back half of each disc, but still, I really love it.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
4

"Chris" by Christine and the Queens earns a solid 4/5 rating for its bold experimentation and infectious energy. The album showcases Christine's artistic growth, blending pop, electronic, and R&B elements into a cohesive and captivating sound. Tracks like "Girlfriend" and "Doesn't Matter" are standout examples of Christine's ability to craft catchy hooks and poignant lyrics. The production is slick and modern, adding layers of depth to each song. While some tracks may not hit as hard as others, "Chris" remains a strong and enjoyable listen from start to finish. Christine's unique voice and innovative approach to pop music make "Chris" a standout album in her discography.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
4

NOTE: This is one basically one album, but recorded in both English and French with some track difference. It is streamed as a single work, so unclear on which I Must Hear Before I Die. I'm reviewing them together. A suave and powerful pop record that sounds decent in English, but phenomenal in French. Christine and the Queens belts incredible vocal lines and murmurs softer melodies over a dynamic mix of retro electronic and disco sounds mixed into modern piano and beat production. Songs are fresh and captivating, and the album has a cohesive, punchy flavor that travels well on upbeat and downbeat tracks. I initially approached this work with trepidation, given the hour and a half runtime, but began to comprehend once I was halfway through the French recording. I understand why these two are lumped together on streaming services, given the difference in language and track listing, but the albums are close enough that it's difficult to conceive them as a continuous work. I did enjoy the English recording, but the album(s) really came alive in the French language. Christine and the Queens has a wonderful flow and phrasing style in her native language, and though I don't speak French, I much preferred that version. Still, there's a track on the English version that I liked that isn't on the French version, so I've included it on my stand outs too. Overall, a great listen, just wish I had been more prepared of the meta of the record, a fault not of the artist. Stand out tracks include "Damn, dis-moi", "La marcheuse", "5 dols", "Follarse", "Feel so good", and "Les yeux mouillés".

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Mon Mar 25 2024
4

That was a vibe. I like her voice and the synths

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Wed Mar 27 2024
4

I've never heard of this band, but I really liked the vibe of the album. It had an 80's electronic feel to it, good stuff.

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Sun Apr 14 2024
4

A true leap in talent, production and lyrical prowess. Thoroughly enjoy her pop stardom in both the English and French versions.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
4

good queer euro pop! I think it was ahead of its time, just now it seems other artists are coming out with stuff like this

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Wed Apr 24 2024
4

I like this album but why is this on this list?

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Thu Apr 25 2024
4

Kuuntelin patonkiversion. Positiivinen yllätys, tyyliltään aika kaukana omilla soittolistoillani pyörivästä musasta.

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Fri May 03 2024
4

I like the music and the vocals a really good album.

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Mon Jan 22 2024
3

oh i feel bad, cause this wasn’t bad, it was interesting some of it, it just wasn’t all my cup of tea…. but i didn’t hate it. and i liked that i had a female artist to listen to, if it was a different day, i might have been able to appreciate it more and give it a higher score, but for now, i can’t.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
3

Some interesting melodies and vocals

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Wed Jan 24 2024
3

French pop. Album is long because it's the same songs twice, once in French and once in English. If you like French pop, then you'll probably love this. If not, then you probably won't.

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Fri Jan 26 2024
3

Ja leuk album hoor. Beetje Michael Jackson vibes ook wel maar dat is natuurlijk naar beide kanten misschien geen compliment.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
3

Blissful but throw away pop. The second disc with songs in French sounds better as the product on the first few tracks feels hollow and a bit too slick for my taste. Enjoyable overall though hardly essential

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Wed Jan 31 2024
3

Pleasant poppy yacht music. Recent so I raise an eyebrow. Meh.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

Feel the rating is a bit harsh and would love to give 3.5 stars. Overall I really liked a few songs but also really hated a few as well

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

Meget moderne pop. Godt produceret og en sjov blanding af fransk/engelsk.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

Helt fint. Kunne klart bedst lide den franske version

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

Nice voice - good melodies - late 80's movie background vibe

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Fri Feb 09 2024
3

Beh ma foi j'ai plutôt bien aimé, pas toutes les chansons mais globalement ça allait j'étais surprise 3.5?

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Wed Feb 21 2024
3

Listedned to the french version and then some of the English. Catchy but didn't immediately draw me in. Maybe try another listen some time.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
3

A really fun 80s throwback album that’s bristling with bangers, but a bit inconsistent upon relistening. I don’t think it has quite the same impact Chaleur humaine did, and in hindsight it lacks the emotional depth Redcar has now given us with La vita nuova and Paranoïa

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Sun Feb 25 2024
3

liked it better than i expected, but preferred the 2nd disc (French version). 3.1/5

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

#155. The name Christine and the Queens implies there's at least three people, but it seems it's only one person [that looks like 1997 Johnny Depp] whose name isn't even Christine. It's pretty good, I'd say, for dance pop, but that's not really a genre I know or care too much about. 3/5: decent

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Wed Mar 13 2024
3

Electro pop, pretty laid back

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Fri Mar 15 2024
3

Hauskaa on, kun levy on kahdella kielellä. Tyylipuhdasta ja hyväntuulista, mietittyä popia (aika indie). Harmi, että jää vähän ns. piippuun, hitusen liian vaisuksi vaikka ainesta on vaikka mihin, ollaan ihan rajalla onnistua tosi tykisti. Ehkä liika tyylikkyys tekee sen efektin?

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Fri Mar 15 2024
3

This one didn't do much for me. But I've never been into pop music. I went for the French version. I like to hear music in different languages than my own.

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Sun Mar 17 2024
3

Not bad. Not spectacular, but not bad.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
3

First listen Saved 5/11 Top track: Girlfriend

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Wed Mar 20 2024
3

Liked it a lot more than I thought I was going to based on some of the reviews. 3/5

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Fri Mar 22 2024
3

Had high hopes for this one but it didn't live up to them sadly.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
3

Kids dig it, one supposes, but one finds nothing much of interest or substance. It's as stylish as oversharing can be, one supposes. And is one supposed to be impressed that it's bilingual?

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Mon Apr 01 2024
3

# Playlist track - Damn, dis-moi # Notes - Starts out with a mediocre dance ballad. -1 - I notice there's 1:30 hour of this and immediately despair. - It's some kind of watered down La Roux. -2. - Album is not bad, but it's bland. It sets itself on a lukewarm tone and never deviates from it.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
3

Didn’t really touch me…interesting concept, and well executed and produced…but it didn’t touch me

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Wed Apr 03 2024
3

nothing spectacular and her voice is a bit irritating at times

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Sun Apr 14 2024
3

French version >>>> English version

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Sun Apr 21 2024
3

Good modern pop but the same songs in different languages was annoying.

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