Patricia Kaas is, by far, the greatest modern day singer. She has proven over and over her ability to conquer various styles of music, creating a sound which is not only unique, but eminently human. While "Tour de Charme" is my favorite of her albums, "Piano Bar", continues to keep my interest.
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!