AOTY 2018
Christine and the Queens - Chris
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2018 Ratings: #7 / 705
Year End Rank: #9
User Score
Based on 269 ratings
2018 Ratings: #277
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
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Because / Label
Synthpop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent
On her second album, Héloïse Letissier expresses a strength, intelligence and sensuality that transcends gender.
100
NME

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

100
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.
100
DIY

Chart-mingling, radio-ready pop has rarely felt this disruptive.

100
The Telegraph

For a flag-waving LGBTQ artist riding the transgender express, the secret of Letissier's crossover charm is that she never lets polemic get in the way of a slick hook. It may be pop with a purpose, but first and foremost it is pop with a damn catchy chorus.

91
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.

91
Consequence of Sound

It’s groovy and funky and sultry, and it takes things seriously while still being joyful. It encourages freedom of form, in the sense of both body and art.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Chris is the sound of an already accomplished artist pushing things even further, exploring new territories rather than resting on their laurels.

90
Clash
A breathless, breathtaking achievement, ‘Chris’ is a fascinating, infectious, endlessly suggestive work, an ode to 80s pop bombast that uses those splinters to build and then de-construct countless glimpses of Héloïse Letissier.
90
AllMusic

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.

85
Northern Transmissions
While it occasionally relies on its pop roots more than update them, Letissier’s delivery sends it over the top.
80
Loud and Quiet

A refreshing and urgent exploration of what it means to be a woman in a cultural moment when women’s experiences definitely need to be heard.

80
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.

80
Dork

Far more than just a concept for a record, it’s a successful artistic experiment that demands attention. All eyes on Chris.

80
Crack Magazine

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

80
Rolling Stone
Hélöise Letissier creates a polyglot pop that transcends gender, international borders and musical categories.
80
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.
80
Slant Magazine

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

80
God Is in the TV

Taking everything up a notch from 2015’s hit debut ‘Chaleur Humaine’ (Human Warmth), this is most intensely personal and overtly sexual work yet.

80
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.

80
musicOMH

One of the year’s most intelligent, enjoyable albums, and cements her position as one of our most intriguing, interesting pop stars.

80
Under The Radar

This is the voice of a major emerging artist in mainstream music and one that has a fiercely strong sense of control over where she is heading.

79
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.
70
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.

70
Spectrum Culture

Her metaphors blur the line between dancing to records and the act of love-making as great disco songs wont to do. Letissier sounds the freest and more importantly herself as she sings and struts to her favorite beat.

70
PopMatters

Chris is moving: either its beat will grab you or its lyrics will -- or both. And when it does, you'll lose all your social safeguards, and dance.

WildChameleon
69
Oh come on 90 !!!!!? It's a joke.

(I listened the french version. I don't know how the english version is)

The lyrical content don't deserve this big praise. It's really unilateral to the point that the multi big questions of sexuality, feminity, etc are often without nuances. It's a shame considering the past of Héloïse Letissier and her responses in interviews. Plus, she remains some non-sense sentences with "stylistic words" (Goya Soda, Soda l'imprécis for ... read more
AndrewMoore
68
Pretty average stuff here. Pleasant enough but very few standouts. I also must add that for an album that is being touted for its lyrics, I had a very difficult time understanding much of what was being said. I might have even enjoyed the French version a little more. This feels like another album that (and this has become increasingly more common over the part couple of years) is getting higher praise simply because of it's subject matter and not it's quality.
Midline
87
Edit: I think critics are looking at this album for the wrong reasons. I honestly really like this album for what it is I could give less of a rats fat ass about how queer it is or how it surpasses the boundaries of gender I really don't care and if that's why your giving it a high score than so be it but don't give it a pass on being bad music if that's what you think it is.

The same thing happened with Sivans album critics went crazy over who made it rather than the music itself. Again ... read more
laz456
55
Aghhh I want to love this. It's a cool attempt at a more sleek, modern synth pop. And yet none of this resonates with me at all. Hardly any of these melodies are memorable and there's nothing about the production that stands out.

Sigh... I'm going to go listen to Kate Bush now.
Inglume
49
This album is a critic's orgy-fest. I swear they're all wetting themselves over something this mediocre and formulaic. The only thing I found "unique" about this was that it's French.
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Track List

  1. Comme si
  2. Girlfriend (feat. Dâm-Funk)
  3. The walker
  4. Doesn’t matter
  5. 5 dollars
  6. Goya Soda
  7. Damn (what must a woman do)
  8. What’s-her-face
  9. Feel so good
  10. Make some sense
  11. The stranger
  12. Comme si on s’aimait
  13. Damn, dis-moi (feat. Dâm-Funk)
  14. La marcheuse
  15. Doesn't matter (voleur de soleil)
  16. 5 dols
  17. Goya ! Soda !
  18. Follarse
  19. Machin-chose
  20. Bruce est dans le brouillard
  21. Le G
  22. Les yeux mouillés
  23. L’étranger (voleur d'eau)
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