Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens

by Christine and the Queens

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Overview

Christine and the Queens

It took a while to introduce Christine and the Queens' self-described "freakpop" to the world. The group's debut album first arrived in 2014 as Chaleur Humaine in frontwoman Héloïse Létissier's native France, then it was issued in the United States in 2015 as Christine and the Queens, and finally as a deluxe U.K. edition of Chaleur Humaine in early 2016. The acclaim for the album -- whatever its title -- only grew with each release, and rightfully so: Christine and the Queens don't just embrace differences, they see them as beautiful. Within the album's lovely synth pop, there's strangeness and strength; "I'm doing my face with magic marker," Létissier sings on "Tilted," a subtly irresistible track with the power of an anthem in the making. A similar independence pulses through the gorgeous "Saint Claude," which depicts the moment of walking away or committing entirely with heart-stopping beauty. As the album unfolds, Christine reveals herself as less of a disguise and more of a prism for Létissier's distinctive outlook. She addresses her pansexuality throughout the album, subtly on songs like the aforementioned "Tilted" and more directly on "Half Ladies" and "iT," a call-and-response track with the Queens where her backing band sings "She's a man now/And there's nothing we can do." This fluidity extends to the ease with which Létissier blends French traditions with contemporary pop, hip-hop, and R&B. She mixes all of the above on "Paradis Perdus," an interpolation of Kanye West's "Heartless" and Christophe's 1973 hit "Les Paradis Perdus," transforming them into something with its own emotive power. Elsewhere, Christine and the Queens balance the urgency of songs such as "No Harm Is Done" and "Safe and Holy" and gentler moments like the Perfume Genius duet "Jonathan" and "Night 52" with a grace reflecting Létissier's former life as a dancer. Indeed, Christine and the Queens' emotional and musical agility only makes their heartfelt, thoughtful pop that much richer and rewarding.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2015
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0825646026302
catalogNumber: 552198
Rank: 28308

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christine and the Queens   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
Sally Herbert   Violin
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Matt Ward   Violin
Julia Singleton   Violin
Andy Waterworth   Strings,Conductor
Lucy Shaw   Upright Bass
Chris Worsey   Cello
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Vincent Greene   Viola
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Robert Spriggs   Viola
Kate Robinson   Violin
Gabriel Stebbing   Synthesizer,Cymbals,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Sarah Willson   Cello
Michael Lovett   Synthesizer,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,fender rhodes
Alison Dods   Violin
Camille Borsarello   Violin,Viola
Maria Mosconi   Violin
Survier Flores-Lopez   Violin
Ash Workman   Saxophone,Synthesizer Bass
Bastien Doremus   Synthesizer
Laurent Muller   Viola
Jérémie Arcache   Cello
Cicely Goulder   Piano
Matthias Bensmana   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Jean Michel Jarre   Composer
Andy Waterworth   String Arrangements
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Uncle O   Artwork
Christophe Willem   Composer,Producer
Ash Workman   drum programming
Bastien Doremus   drum programming
Jérémie Arcache   Score
Christine and the Queens   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Noah Breakfast   Composer,Producer
Bridget Samuels   String Arrangements
Tunji Ige   Composer,Producer
Stanislas Neff   Engineer
Etienne Caylou   Engineer
Léonardo Ortega   Score

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