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Christine And The Queens Live
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
C&TQ photos credit Gaëlle Beri
It has been nearly half a decade since former theatre student Christine and The Queens exploded into the Top 5 of the French charts with Saint Claude, the second single from her now internationally celebrated Chaleur Humaine (it was preceeded by the stunning Nuit 17 à 52). With sophomore album Chris having shown a musclier, grittier and sexier side, the international hype has grown further. Therefore it was little surprise to see a humongous queue to get in to one of the music world's hottest shows of the year.

Boasting a vocal with echoes of Michael Jackson to match the phenomenal dance moves, Chris' presence on stage is a surprisingly humble one. With very simple staging allowing the stunning choreography room to speak as loudly as the poignant and thought provoking lyrics, from the moment the show started to its euphoric end, the audience were taken on a thrilling journey.

Although there were clear fan favourites, in the shape of Tilted, 5 Dollars and Girlfriend, Chris noted how tender the audience were and asked for a world full of more tenderness.

While it was inevitable the big anthems would be met with the greatest applause, the pureness of her vocal only rendition of Nuit 17 à 52 was enough to melt even the hardest of hearts.

Constantly intertwining both the French and English language versions of the songs, Chris proved that language is not a barrier when the music has as much heart and soul as that contained within the two stunning albums showcased.

Christine and the Queens are still at the start of a musical journey that is destined for arena acclaim. Let's just hope the irresistible charm and honest, simple theatrics remain the signature as superstardom beckons for an artist who deserves all the hype they receive.

A phenomenal and unforgettable experience that was much more than just a concert.

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Christine And The Queens Live, 28th November 2018, 14:13 PM