After minting herself as pop royalty in her native France and earning praise from Madonna and Mark Ronson with 2014 debut LP Chaleur Humaine, Christine & The Queens (alter ego of singer-songwriter Heloise Letissier) spent the bulk of 2015 ­courting U.S. listeners. Thankfully, for her self-titled crossover attempt, Letissier didn't shed her "freak pop" Franco-roots, or her Sasha Fierce-like artistic alter-ego, initially inspired by real-life drag-queen pals.

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