Christine and the Queens - PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE

Yet to listen to the full album but I’ve always felt somewhat bittersweet about the trajectory his career ended up taking. I feel like he really deserves the true stardom like no other with multiple number ones and utter adoration from public etc. (aka Tinashe) and it did appear to head that way when his debut came out, only to be deflated gradually to where he is now. Like, I was actually somewhat shocked at just how little traction Redcar was getting. I didn’t even realise it was out until much later myself. I’m happy he’s doing uncompromising music that is loyal to his vision and I’m always excited to hear what he wants to say, but yeah.
 
This is pretty spectacular so far, even if it's hard to be sure what to make of it. At times I get the same feeling of listening to a film soundtrack, it's so cinematic. I'm only on 'Act 2' of my first listen but it's definitely... a dense work. He's working through several demons in both both Redcar and this, and I can only fathom what will come next. I don't even necessarily want 'Pop Chris!' back... because an artist truly being an artist is so compelling. He's become something much more interesting than perhaps we expected, and in a way, looking at the career trajectory, the Chris album feels like the outlier, maybe? I draw a closer connection aurally to Chaleur Humaine and these two recent albums for sure.

This is the sound of his emotion like...vomited up for us to hear, in all its complication and beauty.
 
The studio version of Lick the light out sounds great - the attention to detail throughout the tracks I've listened to is fantastic. The production from Mike Dean and Chris' vocals are on another level.

It's going to take a while to fully digest such a large project but it's pure ear candy so far.
 
I have never really paid attention to Christine and the Queens besides the Caroline Polacheck collab which was a bit meh...but this is quiet spectacular? Everything I´ve heard sounds stunning... allthough I have "Angels crying in my bed" on repeat at the moment - so I cannot really judge the rest.
 
This is quite good at first listen, a definite improvement over Redcar. I find he thrives better in beautiful sparse soundscapes and not the abrasive, everything but the kitchen sink approach of the previous one.
 
I found myself just wanting to hear the first few songs last night and then not being able to stop listening when I actually needed sleep, which was half way through act, so I’m gripped, but agree there’s a lot to take in.
 
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I've only just gotten to the middle section, but I'm largely finding it all absolutely stunning. A little bit of meandering here and there, but not unfocused by any means. Marvin descending, Full of life and Flowery days are absolutely incredible so far.
 
Track 10 will be difficult for everyone, it’s a pure rock opera instrumental he adlibs over, when he played it before the encore at his LA show, people struggled to maintain the energy, but I’m really looking forward to diving into this as a whole. All the pre-release songs have been great, and To Be Honest is always close to the top of my ‘Play Next’ list.
Disagree...made me stop at 6:45 am BST and sit down and listen to the track. I also looked up the title as my bundle of course had not been delivered (still hasn’t. Why bother paying extra for DHL to deliver within one day..anyway)...a great track
 
Yet to listen to the full album but I’ve always felt somewhat bittersweet about the trajectory his career ended up taking. I feel like he really deserves the true stardom like no other with multiple number ones and utter adoration from public etc. (aka Tinashe) and it did appear to head that way when his debut came out, only to be deflated gradually to where he is now. Like, I was actually somewhat shocked at just how little traction Redcar was getting. I didn’t even realise it was out until much later myself. I’m happy he’s doing uncompromising music that is loyal to his vision and I’m always excited to hear what he wants to say, but yeah.
Sadly he has no true place yet in the world of music...he is complete misunderstood and his delivery whether it through a song or performance is lost to the masses. He is a performance artist who is true to himself and I believe has found an inner strength to continue on this path. The Primavera performance proofed this. Maybe just like Pete Burns and Dead Or Alive he is before it’s time
 
I think the audiences need to catch up to him - he is no pop star at present as we traditionally conceive of them. I predict Girlfriend/Tilted/New Shapes style stuff again in the future, but they’re carving their own path in a way not many artists can or are able to. It’ll be interesting to see what the commercial result of this prolonged era is… will there be label support next time?
 
I think the audiences need to catch up to him - he is no pop star at present as we traditionally conceive of them. I predict Girlfriend/Tilted/New Shapes style stuff again in the future, but they’re carving their own path in a way not many artists can or are able to. It’ll be interesting to see what the commercial result of this prolonged era is… will there be label support next time?
I actually don’t think he wants to be a pop star and nor do I want him to follow in the same vein as most of the chart stuff and heritage artists clinging onto whatever...

Chris does what makes sense to him and for some of us this phase is perfect. His presentation visually, lyrically and in a live setting is nothing short of courageous and inspired...respect and love for him
 

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