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Chris
ChristineAndTheQueensChris.png
Studio album by
Released21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Studio
  • Atlas, Paris
  • Studio 45, London
  • Band House, Los Angeles
  • 10 Feet Under, Los Angeles
Genre
Length44:28
Language
  • English
  • French
LabelBecause
Producer
Christine and the Queens chronology
Chaleur humaine
(2014)
Chris
(2018)
Singles from Chris
  1. "Girlfriend" / "Damn, dis-moi"
    Released: 17 May 2018
  2. "Doesn't Matter" / "Doesn't Matter (Voleur de soleil)"
    Released: 5 July 2018
  3. "5 Dollars"
    Released: 16 August 2018
  4. "La Marcheuse"
    Released: 23 August 2018

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.[5] 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)".[5] An English-language single, "5 Dollars", was also released alongside an S&M-inspired video,[6] followed by the French version of "La Marcheuse".[7]

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.[8] The album is available physically in individual French and English versions and sets including both.[9]

Background

Although still credited to Christine and the Queens, Héloïse Letissier explained before the album's release that she had adopted the simplified moniker Chris, saying "it had to be Chris at some point because I was bolder and stronger and had more muscle [...] it was natural for me to shed the rest of the stage name and to cut my hair."[5]

Music and themes

In a track-by-track interview with Letissier, Pitchfork said the album "bounces from horny consumerism to melancholic machismo to stark vulnerability".[10] It contrasted Chris with Letissier's debut album Chaleur humaine, saying that album's "warmth was slow-burning, [while] Chris is red hot, sweaty, and insatiable".[10] Letissier later elaborated: "The first album was born out of the frustration of being an aberration in society, because I was a young queer woman. The second was really born out of the aberration I was becoming, which was a powerful woman—being lustful and horny and sometimes angry, and craving for this will to just own everything a bit more and apologise a bit less."[8]

The Fader stated the album is "less starry-eyed than its predecessor", calling the lyrics more direct and sharp than before.[11] It also claimed the album "explodes" Letissier's queer, feminist identity.[11] Letissier named some of her references for the album were "immediate, catchy pop productions" by the likes of Cameo and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, also specifically naming Michael Jackson's Dangerous and Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope as influences.[11] The track "Goya Soda" references the Spanish painter Francisco Goya.[10]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.3/10[12]
Metacritic89/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[14]
The A.V. ClubA−[15]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[16]
The Guardian5/5 stars[4]
The Independent5/5 stars[1]
NME5/5 stars[2]
The Observer4/5 stars[17]
Pitchfork7.9/10[3]
Q4/5 stars[18]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[19]

Chris received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 89, based on 26 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim".[13] Robert Steiner of The Boston Globe called the album a "refreshing, empowering record" and complimented its "stellar production and contagiously danceable jams", as well as Letissier's "engrossing lyricism".[20] Although he felt that the album "loses steam" in its second half, Steiner named "The Walker" as a highlight for its "poignant" portrayal of a victim of domestic violence.[20] In her review for AllMusic, Heather Phares concluded that "As she examines what masculinity, femininity, strength, and vulnerability mean to her, Christine has never sounded more exposed -- or in control. A triumph, Chris reaffirms just how masterfully she engages minds, hearts, and bodies."[14]

Accolades

The album was ranked best album of 2018 by The Guardian,[21] the fifth by Mojo[22] and the tenth by the NME.[23] AllMusic included it on their list of the best albums of the decade.[24]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Christine and the Queens, except "Girlfriend" / "Damn, dis-moi", co-composed by Christine and the Queens and Dâm-Funk.

English version
No.TitleLength
1."Comme si"3:52
2."Girlfriend" (featuring Dâm-Funk)3:20
3."The Walker"4:16
4."Doesn't Matter"4:24
5."5 Dollars"3:28
6."Goya Soda"5:25
7."Damn (What Must a Woman Do)"3:37
8."What's-Her-Face"5:03
9."Feel So Good"3:45
10."Make Some Sense"3:20
11."The Stranger"4:03
Total length:44:28
French version
No.TitleLength
1."Comme si on s'aimait"3:52
2."Damn, dis-moi" (featuring Dâm-Funk)3:20
3."La marcheuse"4:16
4."Doesn't Matter (Voleur de soleil)"4:24
5."5 dols"3:28
6."Goya ! Soda !"5:25
7."Follarse"3:37
8."Machin-chose"5:03
9."Bruce est dans le brouillard"3:38
10."Le G"3:55
11."Les yeux mouillés"3:20
12."L'étranger (Voleur d'eau)"4:03
Total length:48:16

Notes

  • All English and French track titles, except "Goya Soda" / "Goya ! Soda !", are stylised in sentence case capitalisation.
  • The French tracks "Bruce est dans le brouillard" and "Le G" have no English counterparts, while the English track "Feel So Good" has no French counterpart.

Personnel

Only English track titles listed, except for French-exclusive tracks.

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[46] Platinum 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes

  1. ^ Vocal production; co-production on "The Walker" / "La Marcheuse", "5 Dollars" / "5 dols", "What's-Her-Face" / "Machin-chose", "Damn (What Must a Woman Do)" / "Follarse" and "Bruce est dans le brouillard"

References

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  2. ^ a b Hunt, El (20 September 2018). "Christine and the Queens – 'Chris' album review". NME. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Cox, Jamieson (21 September 2018). "Christine and the Queens: Chris". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (20 September 2018). "Christine and the Queens: Chris review – pop music that truly matters". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
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