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Piano Bar (Frn)

Patricia Kaas Audio CD
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While not a soundtrack per se, this suite of songs was inspired by Claude Lelouche's And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen (2001). In the film, French singing star Patricia Kaas portrays a nightclub chanteuse suffering from a brain tumor who falls for a similarly afflicted thief (played by Jeremy Irons.) Given the plotline, it¹s not surprising that the tunes are drawn primarily from the classic chanson tradition. But strangely, Kaas interprets most of them in the maudlin English translations once favored by the Rat Pack, Rod McKuen, and Bobby Darin. Even so, and despite her consistently over-cautious phrasing, the vocals are attractively languid and husky, inflected with a dead-pan world-weariness that Marlene Dietrich would have recognized. However, it would be pleasant to hear Kaas essay this repertoire in a more intimate, warm-toned setting. As it is, her voice is periodically overwhelmed by echo plus poorly calibrated electric bass and keyboard lines. --Christina Roden

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Import version of her 2002 album (inspired by the Claude Lelouch movie 'And Now...Ladies & Gentlemen') from the French star who updates the French chanson tradition with elements of pop, blues & jazz. The album was produced by Robin Millar who was responsible for George Michael's lush 'Older' album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL July 6 2004
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of a beautiful voice May 23 2004
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Did Michel Legrand really produce this CD? Those who saw the movie And Now...Ladies and Gentleman will long for the soundtrack after hearing this recording of the songs Patricia Kaas sings in the movie.
We are treated to a disco-like synthesizer and monotonous invasive electronic percussion that completely destroy the mood.
It is pervasive throughout the whole CD. There is never an opportunity to sit back and relax to her wonderful voice.
The producers and arrangers have let Ms. Kaas down badly. She has such a beautiful voice and would have been better served with a more traditional cabaret setting. I hope she does a re-make some day with a different producer as the songs themselves are wonderful selections.
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This cd proves Patricia Kaas can sing anything! I originally bought this cd when it first came out, before hearing about And Now.... Ladies and Gentlemen. I will admit I was upset at first because there is barely any French in the CD. However, if you purchase this cd and feel this way, have no fear... You must listen to this cd a few times to get used to it.....and then you'll regret that you won't want to stop listening!! Kaas has a way with chansons. She has a beautiful voice and she has come a long way with her English. Originally in Tour de Charme, you could detect a very thick accent. Now her English voice is as beautiful as ever and her French songs are par with her previous releases. If this is your first Patricia Kaas purchase, I must stress the importance of buying all her cds. Even if you don't know French, you'll fall in love with her! Formidable, Patricia Kaas!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a search Jan. 21 2004
By Grady Harp TOP 500 REVIEWER
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With the release of the DVD - AND NOW...LADIES & GENTLEMEN - many of us scanned the stores for a soundtrack, so imposing and impressive were the songs by costar Patricia Kaas. Finding no soundtrack, this CD entitled PIANO BAR is in essence the music from that enjoyable film. Minus the Michel Legrand music, here we have the songs that Kaas seems to own at present. Her voice is beautifully adept at defining the emotions of these lovely old ballads. She indeed understands the role of the chanteuse, and until another recording comes out with perhaps better studio techniques, then this collection is a more than adequate souvenir of a thoughtful lady's powers of communication. For those unfamiliar with this singer this is a fine introduction to her talent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New side of Patricia Kaas Nov. 30 2003
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These are the kind of songs I believe are perfect for Patricia Kaas and her voice. If I listen every each of them by itself I love them. Unfortunately, if you listen all songs in sequence you get an impression of repetition. The arrangement of music by Michele Legrand (is it really the same Legrand who created so many great melodies?!) is quite monotone. It works in one or two songs but not for all of them. Having said this, Patricia Kaas still has a great romantic voice and it salvages the cd.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over arranged and dated Nov. 7 2003
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I loved Patricia Kaas in "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen" and I hoped to get a CD of her piano bar style as seen in the film. Unfortunately, this CD has horible arrangements and orchestration: echo-y, with a real dated sound of synthesized keyboard and electronic rhythm. Patricia Kaas would sound fabulous in a more "unplugged" version- ala Diana Krall, featuring her alluring voice and a simple piano, base and drum arrangement. This CD makes the songs sound very cheesy. Very disapointing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Kaas brings cultures together April 15 2003
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Piano Bar has both english and french songs, a great way to get americans familiar with artists from other countries. The CD is truly amazing and makes you want to sing and dance!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanderful ! Jan. 22 2003
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If you like"songs from the Last Century" by George Michael,you will really appreciate this wonderful alboum by Patricia Kaas.
There are 15 classical chansons of 50-70's performed in a new sound and full of Patricia deep voice charm...A must to listen !!!
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