Piano Bar (Frn)
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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As for the negative reviews, i can't understand why someone would buy a CD entitled "Piano Bar" and complain that there is no excitement and pazzaz. Do you have any comprehension what piano bar music is supposed to sound like? Mdmslle Kaas certainly shows she does, giving each of the remade songs on the album (and her own original one), a new, unique, SULTRY sound like only Patricia can.
Let's identity the true reason Patricia is taking so much heat for this album--the fact that it's almost entirely in English. A previous reviewer flat out stated that Kaas should stick to French. Why should she, i ask? Most of the world speaks english; more people will be able to understand what she is singing about, including me (while i adore her other albums, not knowing what she is singing about is slightly annoying). In whatever language, her voice is magnificent.
i hope Patricia continues to explore English albums, maybe coming out with a totally original set of songs next time. Tres bien!
_Piano Bar_ is inspired by music in Patricia Kaas's much-publicized film debut _And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen_, where she shares billing with Jeremy Irons, but while not an official soundtrack (as far as I can tell) it does show a couple of stills from the film. The songs are all by French writers, sung in English for the most part (but a couple are in French or both languages), and for some of them the original lyrics are in English. The original language of the song has no connection with the language chosen for the album: "My man" and "I wish you love" and "What now my love" sung in well-known English translations, while "La mer" with an equally popular English version is sung in French, and "The Windmills of your mind" here presented as "Les Moulins de mon cœur," etc. The only rarity is the sultry and alluring "Syracuse," along with the song composed for the film. _Piano Bar_ is decidedly low-key, but a much more daring album than might appear at first.Read more ›
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INSIDE THE CD: THE VOICE IS CREATIVE AND BEAUTIFUL, THE COVER PAPER INCULDES THE NUDE SCENE AND STYLE.
THIS IS THE MOST HGH QUALITY CD THAT KAAS HAS.
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... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Kevin Connellan
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Vahania63
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Christine Amos
Piano Bar has both english and french songs, a great way to get americans familiar with artists from other countries. Read morePublished on April 15 2003
If you like"songs from the Last Century" by George Michael,you will really appreciate this wonderful alboum by Patricia Kaas. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Williams James
I'm very disappointed that almost entire CD is in English. She sounds so romantic in French.Published on Oct. 30 2002 by Cranberry
Take classic French popular songs, add weird techno/off-key arrangements & you get one really strange record. Strange and boring. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2002 by Allen Bardin