A dense, multi-stranded affair that takes in love, grief, gender-transition, and growth, the latest from Christine and the Queens is a 20-track, 96 minute opus that features three guest spots for Madonna. Drawing on Trip Hop, Rock, and avant-Pop sounds, Chris weaves an intricate web of emotions that, in totality, takes in the full spectrum from light and buoyant to dark and filled with grief. Quiet moments like ‘A day in the water’ are contrasted with the depth of tracks like ‘Full of Life’, both allowing Chris’ vocals to stand atop and lead proceedings. Having drawn on Tony Kushner’s play ‘Angels in America’, there’s a presence of the stage here. While the album lacks a cohesive narrative arc, ‘Paranoïa, Angels, True Love’ is part musical theatre, part Art Pop. Complex and multifaceted, the latest from Christine and the Queens is a deep, and personal, exploration of the raw edges of emotion.