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Chaleur Humaine [Deluxe Edition]
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Album: Chaleur Humaine [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    iT
2)    Saint Claude
3)    Tilted
4)    No Harm Is Done
5)    Science Fiction
6)    Paradis Perdus
7)    Half Ladies
8)    Jonathan
9)    Narcissus Is Back
10)    Safe and Holy
11)    Night 52
12)    Here
13)    Saint Claude [Version Franais]
14)    Christine
15)    Charleur Humaine
16)    Ugly-Pretty
17)    Intranquillit
18)    Amazoniaque
1)    Starshipper
2)    Half Ladies
3)    iT
4)    Science Fiction
5)    Safe and Holy
6)    Here
7)    No Harm is Done
8)    Christine
9)    Who Is It
10)    Jonathan
11)    Narcissus Is Back
12)    Ugly-Pretty
13)    Intranquillit
14)    Charleur Humaine
15)    Saint Claude
16)    Paradis Perdus
17)    Loving Cup, The
18)    Nuit 17 a 52
 

Album: Chaleur Humaine [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    iT
2)    Saint Claude
3)    Tilted
4)    No Harm Is Done
5)    Science Fiction
6)    Paradis Perdus
7)    Half Ladies
8)    Jonathan
9)    Narcissus Is Back
10)    Safe and Holy
11)    Night 52
12)    Here
13)    Saint Claude [Version Franais]
14)    Christine
15)    Charleur Humaine
16)    Ugly-Pretty
17)    Intranquillit
18)    Amazoniaque
1)    Starshipper
2)    Half Ladies
3)    iT
4)    Science Fiction
5)    Safe and Holy
6)    Here
7)    No Harm is Done
8)    Christine
9)    Who Is It
10)    Jonathan
11)    Narcissus Is Back
12)    Ugly-Pretty
13)    Intranquillit
14)    Charleur Humaine
15)    Saint Claude
16)    Paradis Perdus
17)    Loving Cup, The
18)    Nuit 17 a 52
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Lucy Wilkins, Laura Melhuish, Kate Robinson, Alison Dods, Julia Singleton, Matt Ward , Sally Herbert, Calina de la Mare (violin); Vincent Greene, Robert Spriggs, Reiad Chibah (viola); Sarah Wilson , Chris Worsey (cello); Lucy Shaw (upright bass).
  • Recording information: 123 Studios, London; Les Studios, Saint Germain, Paris; RAK Studios, London; Smokehouse Studios, London.
  • Illustrator: Ignasi Monreal.
  • 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 Hlose Ltissier'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: on Chaleur Humaine, 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," Ltissier sings on "Christine," 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 Chaleur Humaine unfolds, Christine reveals herself as less of a disguise and more of a prism for Ltissier's distinctive outlook. She addresses her pansexuality throughout the album, subtly on songs like the aforementioned "Christine" 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 Ltissier 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, the band balances the urgency of songs such as "Safe and Holy" and gentler moments like "Nuit 17 52" with a grace reflecting Ltissier's former life as a dancer. Indeed, Christine and the Queens' emotional and musical agility only makes Chaleur Humaine's heartfelt, thoughtful pop that much richer and rewarding. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) - Ranked #46 in Mojo's 'The 50 Best Albums Of 2016' -- "[A] spectral slice of empowering yet melancholic electro pop about being strong enough to be who you want to be."
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