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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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2.9

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Wed Aug 23 2023
5

One of my favorite albums, a great summer listen.

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Mon Dec 11 2023
5

This album is two things: 1. Unapologetically queer. 2. Unapologetically 80s. Those two factors are what make this album a hidden gem in my eyes. Héloïse Letissier assumes a masculine alter ego in the form of Chris. This album has a version in English and a version in French, which is a rarity in today’s music. Songs like “Girlfriend”, “Doesn’t Matter” and “Make Some Sense” are an introduction to Chris’ beliefs, and make for some pretty solid foundation. This album was unexpected in all of the best ways possible. 4.6/5 Favorite Track: Doesn’t Matter Least Favorite: The stranger

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Sat Dec 23 2023
5

A sublime find - his voice sounds almost on par with Michael Jackson, and the first few songs on the album give off that influence almost uncannily. Thoroughly enjoyable in English and in French - so happy to have been exposed to this record.

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

I feel like I’ve been in somewhat of a dry spell for albums that actually excited me in some way so I’m really thankful for this one that got me to listen to both the French and English versions of the album because it was just so much fun from start to finish each time. It’s a perfect mix of 80s synth with 2010s pop to make a dance record that was endlessly relistenable for me throughout the entire day. I’d love to listen to this either on a beach or while high. Doesn’t matter and make some sense were my favs.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 12 2022
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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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Rather an energetic album! Quite fond of the rhythm.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Decently entertaining French pop. 7/10

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

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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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

More interesting then I thought. Later tracks better

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

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

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

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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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Way more fun as a pop album than I was expecting. Real cool sound, and listening in French and English was great. Didn't think I'd listen to both in full, but I did.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Some serious in your face music. I had hear the hits but not the album. I think I'm a new fan. The beats, the singing, the synths, they all hit really freakin hard.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I normally don't like the french, but I can handle this

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Gave me Caroline polachek vibes and a little bit of panic? Specifically too weird to live album. Definitely gonna relisten

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Really great album. Michael Jackson, HAIM, Teegan and Sara sound to it. I will definitely relisten this

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

I enjoyed this so much more than i thought i would. Shades of MJ in parts. Great pop banter. Some say Italians do it better. The french aren't too far behind

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Kind of sounds like Chvrches. Pop 80s vibe but with modern sound engineering. Good underrated album

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

(S)he has great tone. The tone is that electro pop rock sound. a couple tracks in and im intrigued but not blown away yet.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Me da gusto escuchar pop bueno y que no sea gringo. Creo que la calidad de la producción y de las rolas es muy alta y casi del nivel de los nombres angloparlantes que dominan los charts. La voz de esta chica es realmente linda y le da puntos extra las rolas que canta en francés. Mi pequeño "pero" es que no hace falta hacer el disco completo en los dos idiomas, porque eso obviamente lo hace muy largo. Sería interesante, con más calma (y sabiendo francés), tratar de quedarse con solo una versión de cada rola.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Quizá si no conociera a HAIM, este disco me hubiera encantado. Aún así, el estilo es muy bueno y las canciones variadas. Las letras también están bien. 3.5 que subo a 4 porque sí lo podría volver a escuchar.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Gallic disco pop is going to be a pretty easy sell to me. The passion, subject matter and general groove of the thing are all very enjoyable, and she seems a smart and intelligent lyricist. The songs didn't quite jump from enjoyment to love for me but it's still a VERY strong album. And getting the entire thing in English and French is an act of generosity I can get behind. Merci!

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Great album! It took some time to really appreciate, but it's just a really fun album to listen to. Favourites are Comme Si, Goya Soda, Damn and What's-her-Face. Only listened to the English version though.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

I really like Christine & The Queens and I enjoyed this album. A maybe overly generous 4*

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

I love that she sings in multiple languages. Really enjoyed this album.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Venia d'una estrena sorprenent, i aquí encara es va superar més. 'Comme Si', '5 Dollars', 'Girlfriend' són temes que podrien passar per genèrics, però que mitjançant la seva veu i la seva peculiar forma d'interpretar-los, agafen cotes de brillantor molt altes. Sense arribar al mateix nivell, la resta del disc és gairebé igualment colpidor. La confirmació d'una estrella

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Mon Dec 19 2022
4

Electronica for people who don't like electronica. I enjoyed hearing more rock and funk elements here, it added a certain edge to the "synthetic" sound of the electro-pop music. It's really catchy too, although I feel like the French version would be better for this list. Standout tracks were Girlfriend, Goya Soda, Damn (what must a woman do), and Feel so good.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
4

I need to brush up on my french!

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Wed Jan 25 2023
4

Perfectly enjoyable but not particularly memorable

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Fri Feb 17 2023
4

Yes, I think I’m a fan. Punchy contemporary euro pop. Solid production. The multilingual release is a nice idea. Personal pronouns aside all very good.

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Wed Feb 22 2023
4

Крис я слышала раньше! она хорошая, но возможно просто потому что мне нравится звучание французских голосов, так особо не зацепила. но хорошая!

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Fri Mar 03 2023
4

When reading reviews I had to laugh at how the reviewers' pronoun confusion led to almost exclusive use of non gender specific pronouns - for example, "I love Chris' singing." Better safe than sorry - lol. When you change your moniker from Christine and the Queens to Chris you have to expect some confusion to result. He changes his moniker to "Redcar" on his next album so the confusion is staying. Do I like this synth pop? In the early / mid 80s - yeah but not recently. Do I like this album? Yeah. He makes some bopping tunes. A lot of reviews point out Michael Jackson influences but I think Eurythmics influence is more accurate. He's a good singer, made a decent album and has a personality that keeps things interesting.

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Mon Mar 06 2023
4

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

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Thu Mar 09 2023
4

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would—great voice, great synth sounds, and the bonus duplicate album in French!

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Fri Mar 31 2023
4

Interesting that this album has the songs both in English and French. The English wasn’t too bad, the French was the best version of the two even though I don’t speak it. Decent music from a band I had never heard of before. Cool!

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Thu Apr 06 2023
4

Strong 80's vibe. I hate the 80's, but really enjoyed this album. A little plastic, but was happy to listen to it.

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

Moderne fransk/engelsk elektronisk pop

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Sun Apr 16 2023
4

I really enjoyed this. I remember this act performing at Glastonbury and there being a big buzz around them, but had never listened. It’s very eclectic but very accessible.

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Sun Apr 23 2023
4

I was a huge fan of their first album, and this album is a new favourite. I don't know what it is about her music that just sucks me in.

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Wed May 03 2023
4

Awesome synth pop dance. Love the sound of 80s brought bang up to date. Great.

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