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Chris

Christine and the Queens

2018

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

3.01

Votes

3416

Genres

  • Pop
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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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no

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

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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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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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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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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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so amazing

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5

Great french pop! Worth putting in my heavy rotation!

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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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fun bilingual dreamy pop-esque album with all the best tracks weighted in the 1st half. Somehow reminds me of shopping at Old Navy.

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Excellent pop music. The first half is very Michael Jackson influenced, especially his earlier work. The second half is a bit slower and contemplative sounding. Overall, this album is very heavy on 80s pop motifs with a bit of contemporary hip hop influence thrown in (though non-obtrusively). The lyrics are deliberately dense which I really like as it allows the music to create a mood around a song to get an emotional meaning across that's not as dependent on the musical content. This is not my usual genre but I found it well executed and enjoyable.

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Great pop album. Catchy motives and interesting textures all around. Super original sound, very own to CatQ.

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guter Pop, pseudo 80er. Die französischen Versionen sind besser. Gegen Ende wirds etwas schwacher.

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An album from 2018, looks like maybe we're going outside of the 1001 albums book since it only went to 2010, not that that's a bad thing. Wasn't sure what to expect, turned out to be a French pop album with some 80s influences. Kind of reminded me of Robin in a way, but also more focused on religion and LGBTQ+ topics. Found it to be pretty good musically, I don't go out of my way to listen to pop but you sort of have to if you ever go in public so it was nice to hear something different and it was very well performed.

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This band reminds me a bit of Tegan and Sarah but also I think they are french? Never heard of them before this but this is one of the more current releases we have heard. I found Goya Soda to be very interesting in terms of content. It was as if they were trying to sing about anything they could.

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Great production and music to back up the surpurb vocals. It was a pretty interesting experience to listen to both the English and French versions of Chris. Listening to the English one first was like a 3/5 as only a few songs were great to me (Girlfriend, Doesn't matter). But after a few hours break and then listening to the French one, it's definitely a 4.5/5. The songs just breathe a bit better and the vocals sound more natural. It also made songs like Goya Soda and The Stranger which were ok in English make more sense. Maybe it was also just better on the second listen. Recommend highly though regardless.

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4

Another excellent relisten. I appreciate that it is aggressively bilingual.

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Very good synth pop. Enjoyed the bi lingual bits, even though my french is not up to scratch!

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very french, this guy has listnd to a lot of MJ

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Enjoyed this album more than I thought I would. Had some great 80s vibes and such and variety of instruments throughout. Had a retro feel but sounds very modern. Songs get a little weaker later on In the album. Fav track is 'Doesn't Matter'

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4

Every song here was a hit. Sometimes I preferred the French versions, sometimes I preferred the English versions. But I could put this on repeat and not tire of it. Sounds super fresh.

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Pretty great tbh, someone said Tegan and Sara are probably fans and i definitely see it. Same vibes. 4

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I used to have a playlist with cool French pop on it and one day "Girlfriend" mysteriously changed to the French version which soured things somewhat. For me, that's the standout track on the album (either version) but the rest of the album is good. I feel like it might need a few more listens to fully appreciate it but tracks like "What's-her-face" have a searing emotion that deserves further listening.

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Rather an energetic album! Quite fond of the rhythm.

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way too long

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Decently entertaining French pop. 7/10

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8/10. Definitely better in French. Started out sounding like French Taylor Swift, but had some more diverse sounds to it later on.

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diversity win! A butch lesbian made slightly generic but solid sounding pop record! 7/10

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Listened to on 3/9/22 4/5 Favorite song: 5 dollars, the walker, comme si This album was the best change of pace! I loved how Christine integrated French and English into her lyrics. It was fun, edgy and all in all great to listen to

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4, great pop album

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More interesting then I thought. Later tracks better

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Great voice and songs. I also loved the 80s synth-pop ascetics.

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This surprised me. Not exactly my genre of choice, but I really enjoyed it. Good beats and great voice.

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I liked this. Not sure how much, and not sure whether I preferred the French or English versions.

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Think I love this. Didn't realise this was who "Girlfriend" came from. Sophisticated pop.

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Really fun pop album, well produced and very funky. I really like the idea of a bilingual album, very unique. I definitely preferred the french versions though.

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Yes — I love 80’s throwback pop like this. Albums like this are a goldmine for party playlists. 😁 Her voice is perfect for this style and the production is packed with fun details. Some of the lyrics surprised me. Like the chorus of “Doesn’t Matter,” where she sings about not knowing if God is real. Most songs in this genre are about about hooking up in the club. I love the willingness to go for deeper subject matter in dance music. Highlights: “Comme Si,” “The Walker,” “Doesn’t Matter,” “Goya Soda,” “Feel So Good,” “The Stranger” On streaming you can also listen to the French version of the album. Very cool to hear the French versions of these songs!

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4.3

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Christine starts Chris firmly in her comfort zone, moving gradually into some new and sparser territory. Her voice remains incredibly compelling for me, especially on the French side, the set of tracks to listen to as far as I'm concerned. I think of Chris as a companion to the much-loved debut, incremental rather than revolutionary, still real real good.

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Ooh la la

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Was going to vote 2, but there are some decent french songs on there. A very long album though

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I don't think this needed the dual language release for me. I far preferred the French but having all the tracks twice (basically) detracted a bit.

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It’s not a bad pop album. Only listened to the French versions

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not really a fan, its alright but it just feels like its someone from france trying to be generic american pop

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I like the lead singer's voice, but the music doesn't do a lot for me.

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Jai bien aime le cote electro pop. Cest francais en plus. Un bon album mais 1h30. Ca amene de la repetitij mais quand meme pas trop . 3.85

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3/5

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Too damn long

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Whoa, very recent record. I've heard some Christine and the Queens before but not this album. Very art-poppy, but it retains the spirit and energy of pop pretty well. Really enjoyed the opening few tracks, but it lost some steam for me on the back end. A cool inclusion, though maybe not as game-changing as others I would put on here. I think the listmakers struggle a bit with what to include from this century; they're unable to benefit from hindsight for what's here and now. Still a good album though. Favorite tracks: Goya Soda, Girlfriend, Comme si. Album art: A bit more involved than the standard portrait, but nothing crazy. I saw this floating around a lot in 2018 and unfortunately it didn't grab me enough to listen to then. 3.5/5

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Pop. Inglés/francés

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More subdued that I anticipated. Quality beats and I enjoyed the message behind a lot of the songs. Honestly, not really my cup of tea, though. Second half not as interesting as the first half. Some solid singles though.

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All a bit same same but love the Caroline Polacheck sounds

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Cleary influenced by Michael Jackson, especially on first few songs. I thought the vocals were very good, and the production was decent, if somewhat cold and dry. But ultimately, the songs didn't grip me enough to want to listen to this again.

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I like this album! The songs range from really vibe-y, synthy, smooth jams, to just-ok synthpop songs, and its perfect background music. I listened to both the English side and the French side of this and I preferred the French side slightly, but I love the French language so I'm biased hehe.

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5/10

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This album comes in both French and English versions. Although I didn't really engage with the lyrical content, the English version was still more enjoyable. It doesn't sound like a translation that has been shoehorned in. I'd be interested to know if the meanings of the songs are the same in both languages. Both versions are listenable and pleasant electropop. 3/5.

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Never heard of this band before, but their music is more proof that not all French pop is crap.

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A little long, but enjoyed it overall

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Though not a style of music I generally go for, I found this interesting enough to listen to the whole thing again, in French the second time.

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3/5

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This album has a French version and an English version. For the sake of brevity, I'm only listening to the French version. Nice and sleek synthpop, very much calling from the sort of 80's aesthetic revival we've been having (see: Stranger Things, amongst other things). I don't often hear much out of France, so this is a good change. I can't say I feel it deserves much of a spot on the list, though, as it sort of comes across as "just good". How has this resonated since 2018? Not sure if it has. Critics seem to love this though. Good for them.

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It felt good, but I wasn't sure if it wasn't for me or if I didn't get it. I enjoyed listening, but something didn't quite click. It's the kind of stuff I like though, so maybe after a few listens I'd love it.

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J'aime beaucoup la musique et Chris a vraiment une belle voix, mais le chant saccadé et très mordant sur les consonnes font en sorte de vraiment rendre l'expérience moins agréable à mon oreille

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Calm pop Fun Jazzy smooth chords

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Great pop album. Catchy motifs and interesting melodies all around. (6/10) FT: Girlfriend, Damn,dis-moi

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This is French singer Héloïse Letissier, with a stage name of... Christine and the Queens? At first I thought it was a band, but it isn't, Christine and the Queens is a single person. Weird. So in her second album, Héloïse Letissier aka Christine and the Queens reportedly cut her hair, stood up, you know like a typical woman-gone-badass movie trope, and said "just call me Chris". Aaaand... I don't think synthpop is the best medium to deliver some messages in 2018. It sounds like somewhere between '80s synthpop and the minimalist R&B of the '10s. It has some great moments, but overall, it's pretty boring and monotonous. I guess the music scene in France is a bit different, of course it's different. Still, it's a pretty nice and accessible effort by her to spread awareness and share her journey as an LGBTQ+ member.

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This album seems like pretty straight ahead pop, reasonably fresh and catchy but not (to me) particularly special. That said, Chris seems like a fascinating character and the videos I looked up did seem special. I think her personal, music, and dancing come together in a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Any individual bit (like this album) might be a 3, but the whole package is closer to five. I hope she has a long, successful, groundbreaking career with many interesting phases.

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Pretty standard generic indie pop. Don’t really see what’s so special about this that it needed to be on this list.

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Better than I thought it was gonna be, has some nice tunes 6/10

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I only listened to the first (English) half of this - wasn't going to punish myself by listening to it twice and at 90 minutes. Nothing standout really - it just sounded like random 2010s synthy pop music. Had a bit of a cool Michael Jackson flavour, but diluted too much with that modern "lo fi" approach and never really came out of the gate. It wasn't unpleasant though, and she can sing well enough. Nothing groundbreaking, nothing shithouse. Makes me wonder (again) why I needed to hear it before I die, but that's pretty normal. 3/5.

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Listened to both the English and French versions and felt the latter flowed better - the rich production complemented by the lyrical flow of the less-angular vocals made the LP feel warm and syrupy. This was both a benefit and detriment, as the synths are top-notch and the production clear without being overpowering, yet there's just too much here to stomach all in one sitting as the melodies vary little from track to track (though maybe that's because I listened to the whole 2LP at once).

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Melodic and interesting. Probably benefits from a few listens.

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Not exactly a mega-fan of what passes for contemporary R&B, but this is a pretty fair example of it. Actually liked this more than I thought I would.

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I really enjoyed listening to this again. I thought it was quite musically straightforward with some pleasing synth sounds. The first half is excellent but I found the second half less interesting. Favorite tracks were Girlfriend and 5 Dollars

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Catchy retro-pop with very suggestive lyrics.

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This didn’t really resonate with me

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3.5

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It grew in me, but I was struggling at the beginning ngl

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For some reason I usually tend to not like pop music that comes from countries besides the US. I don't know why and I really try hard to not put truth into things like that but I think it might be that it's hard for me to enjoy pop music without understanding the lyrics. Oddly enough I think lyrics in pop music are rarely a standout feature however. But this album I thought sounded great! It had some Ariana Grande moments, and it had some Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion type moments as well. Overall I enjoyed the album, and I think it's pretty ambitious to do the whole album in both English and French. Well done all around!

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6/10 Best Song - Comme Si

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Okay album Honestly it was better in French--listen to it in French :)

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Non è malvagio

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Like this one! Great voice, fun pop. Cool the whole album repeats in French

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Mildly interesting, but not something that I would listen to often. R&B music with french singer/songwriter type vocals

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Enjoyable, doesn't hugely stand out

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La prod. est vraiment cool. Je ne suis par contre pas fan de la partie chant, qui fait un peu popette radio de matante.

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Voreingenommen rangegangen: mir ist die ganze queere Kunst- und Diskursszenerie ja gern mal zu anstrengend. Dann aber positiv überrascht von den Sounds: Super gefälliger, wirklich satt produzierter 80er-Pop zum Einstieg (Frankreich, ey! Überrascht immer wieder ...), klare Referenzen an Janet und Paula und Scritti Politti und The Human League. Ich mag sowas ja wirklich ganz gern. Irgendwo bei ca. Goya Soda setzt erstmals freundliche Langeweile ein, ab What's-her-face dann leichter Wechsel der Soundscapes, aber weiterhin in gefälligen 80ern, no Diggity. So richtig meine Erwartung/Vorurteil trifft das Ding dann erst mit dem letzten Song auf CD1. Angestrengt anstrengend. Und dann geht die zweite auch schon wieder so weiter wie die erste angefangen hat. Deshalb auch der nächste, zur Abwertung führender Kritikpunkt: Warum more of the same? Warum diese Hybris? Wer braucht das? Niemand? Niemand. Als auf der zweiten Seite nochmal Goya Soda lief, nur diesmal mit Ausrufezeichen bin ich kurz erschrocken und dachte: oh nee, aus Versehen einfach nochmal die erste gehört. Aber ah, ok. Das sind dann Varianten der ersten Seite, English/Francais und so. Aber ist das notwendig? Really? Not really, pardonnez-moi. Bei mehr Kompaktheit wäre ne 3 durchaus drin gewesen, aber so ...

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It’s an ok pop album. Kinda cool how she did the songs in both French and English. It’s well produced and some of the songs are catchy. Nothing too exciting though. I can’t see myself listening to it much more. 3.6/10

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It's not as bad as you think - there are some interesting sounds layered in there. Need headphones to appreciate this one! Also, Let's hear it for the keytar!

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Niet mijn jam, beetje slap en saai

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Production is excellent - songs are not so special.

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Middling.

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Started well but kind of fell off

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That's weird. 2 days in a row of 2018 albums. Again, a weird choice for the list? French pop a la Tegan and Sara. It was fine.

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Bit of a meh for me on this one. Nothing really grabbed in a general way on this. Most songs inoffensive a couple rise above that descriptor. 2.5 🌟

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3/9/22 This album was fine. Nice enough for background, but only the French. The English version bothered me, probably because lyrics are such a big deal for me. Wouldn’t listen to again. Favorite song: Come Si (French version)

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Pop genérico la verdad, no veo la novedad.

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Ei uponnu ja ihan liian pitkä

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Ei kyllä uponnut edes vähää alusta. Tusinakamaa

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Not a huge pop fan. Thought this had potential but felt it didn't build on it and fell a bit flat. Oddly, the French versions that followed the English were much more enjoyable so my star rating is for the French version. Don't bother with the English.

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cvwec

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I respect but not for me

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ok but not for me and too long

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Bit of a meh for me on this one. Nothing really grabbed in a general way on this. Most songs inoffensive a couple rise above that descriptor. 2.5 🌟

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Not the most boring thing I've ever heard, but it's up there.

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Eine Platte für indentitätspolitische Auseinandersetzung unserer Zeit. Kommt immer wieder mal vor. Planningtorock hat den Gender Bender früher schon krasser betrieben. Dies ist trotz satter Beats zu Beginn aber mehr so French Pop à la Vanessa Paradis mit einer Prise Phoenix. Im Kultur Radio ahne ich schon die Anmoderation. 1.4

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Not a fan

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Nem consegui terminar, muito chato.

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Really not a fan

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Not bussin

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Bad

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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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i'm not listening to this

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