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Chris

Christine and the Queens

Chris

Second album of electropop from Nantes-born artist Héloïse Letissier featuring a guest appearance from Dâm-Funk

ADM rating[?]

8.3

Label
Because
UK Release date
21/09/2018
US Release date
21/09/2018
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    It’s ridiculously danceable
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    This is a deft and mind-bogglingly intelligent record – a subversive pop masterpiece – that somehow sounds effortless, too
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  3. 10.0 |   The FT

    The collection develops the electronic sound of its predecessor while moving away from the orchestral elements
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  4. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    A swaggering masculine alter-ego delivers Letissier’s punchy statement of intent, wrapping themes from gender fluidity to female agency in heady electronic pop
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  5. 10.0 |   DIY

    Radio-ready pop has rarely felt this disruptive
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  6. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Chris more than anything revels in fluid identities—whether gender, personality, mood, or otherwise—and the way they free people from expectations and limits. By extension, this frees up Christine And The Queens from musical conventions, and propels the group to the precipice of greatness
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  7. 9.0 |   Clash

    A fascinating, infectious, endlessly suggestive work
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  8. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s groovy and funky and sultry, and it takes things seriously while still being joyful
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  9. 9.0 |   All Music

    A triumph, Chris reaffirms just how masterfully she engages minds, hearts, and bodies
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  10. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Radio-ready and built to disrupt, Chris rails against patriarchal preconceptions and tackles gender on its own terms, embracing Letissier's strength and hopefully inspiring more people who feel marginalised to do the same
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A body of work that explores female sexuality and desire in all its shades of complexity, light and darkness
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    An album that balances sophistication with a satisfying pop sense, and emotional heft with a lightness of touch. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Chris is an imposing structure, one likely to dominate 2018's skyline. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A lean, thrillingly muscular set from a genuinely distinctive talent. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Crack

    This is an album that navigates the ambiguous waters of sexuality and identity, relationships and selfhood, with a steady, sure hand
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  16. 8.0 |   The Observer

    In her new guise as the lustful Chris, Héloïse Letissier harnesses 80s funk to grapple with gender and identity on her ambitious second album
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  17. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Unlike most ephemeral pop music today, Chris—like the gender-fluid character at its center—feels consequential and everlasting
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  18. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Hélöise Letissier creates a polyglot pop that transcends gender, international borders and musical categories
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  19. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Chris confirms that Le Tissier is the kind of genre and gender blurring pop star with the artistic ambition to process the world around her, that we need
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  20. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Chris is not Letissier’s masterpiece – that is surely yet to come – but it is a glorious statement of intent and a beacon of rainbow neon illuminating the current cultural and social landscape
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  21. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Chris is 11 tracks (or 23, if you opt to also buy the French version) of slinky, soulful, addictive pop which could lay claim to being the sexiest album since Prince sadly checked out
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  22. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Years of craft and learning have led to Chris, the latest jolt of electricity that pop music needs on a regular basis to stay young
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  23. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A sparkling pop album that flourishes in both English and French, Chris is a supremely confident introduction to the next phase of Christine and the Queens
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  24. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Chris has done a rare thing in choosing to make music that stays true to a journey rather than chasing a big-hitting, quick-passing download
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  25. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    The kinetic French singer Hélöise Letissier lets us into the whole of her life, creating an electric blend of unforgettable imagery, emotional depth, and lurid pop-funk
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  26. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Letessier's evidently heightened confidence goes a long, long way on Chris, and its emotions and attitude pop with astonishing strength, even if the sound could afford to do so a little more
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  27. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Héloïse Letissier slips into an alternate state of being
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  28. 7.0 |   The Music

    Musically, it's like a chilled synthpop spritzer that effervesces from her remarkable debut
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  29. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Christine and the Queens' 'Chris' is unmistakeably moving, emotionally and physically
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  30. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Despite the new hair and shortened name, Chris is not a total reinvention of Letissier as an artist, it’s simply a proclamation that she’s one step closer to finding out who she really is
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