Piano Bar (album)

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Piano Bar
Studio album by Patricia Kaas
Released November 19, 2002
Genre Chanson, Pop
Label Sony Musique, Columbia
Patricia Kaas chronology
Rien ne s'arrête
(2001)
Piano Bar
(2002)
Sexe fort
(2003)

Piano Bar is the name of the sixth studio album recorded by the French artist Patricia Kaas. It was released in 2002. Although it was less successful in France, a country in which Kaas' albums are generally well-received, it had higher sales and chartings in other countries such as Germany, Russia, USA, UK and Finland.

Background[edit]

In 2002, Sony BMG decided to publish the singer's first best of, Rien ne s'arrête, which achieved a good success. At the same time, Kaas started her acting career in Claude Lelouch's film And now... Ladies and Gentlemen, with Jeremy Irons. To accompany the film, the concept album Piano Bar By Patricia Kaas was released in 2002, which was explicitly not a soundtrack to the film (the real soundtrack has never been released). Piano Bar was the sixth album of the singer, but the first one published that was sung mainly in English, and is a tribute to the great French chanson artists of history.

The album contains cover versions of "Where Do I Begin", which was originally on the soundtrack to Love Story, and an English version of Jacques Brel's "Ne me quitte pas" (Eng: "Don't leave me"), re-entitled "If You Go Away". There are also a cover version of Yves Montand's song "Les Feuilles mortes", and another of Gilbert Bécaud, "Et Maintenant", under the title "What Now My Love".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

About this album, Allmusic said : "The end result is a lovely, winning album, another fine recording by a fine vocalist".[1]

Charts performances[edit]

In France, the album had a moderate success, It started at #14 on April 14, 2002, then reached #10 in its second and sixth week, but was unable to climb higher. It remained for nine weeks in the top 20, 22 weeks in the top 50, 26 weeks in the top 100 and 30 weeks on the chart.[2] Even if it was certified double gold,[3] sales were less in comparison with the previous albums. By contrast, Piano Bar reached #12 in Germany, which was the second most successful album of the singer in this country.

In Belgium (Wallonia), the album reached #6 debuted at #35 on April 27, 2002, jumped to #9 and finally reached #6 for two consecutive weeks. It totaled six weeks in the top ten, stabilized in the top 20, then dropped quickly, and deseappered after its 21 weeks.[4]

In Switzerland, the album peak at #6 too. It hit this position in its second week, on May 5, 2002, before dropping first slowly, then quickly, remaining for ten weeks in the top 50 and 24 weeks on the chart (top 100).[5] It achieved Gold status.[6]

The album hit only #38 in Austria,[7] and for the first time in Kaas' career, one of her albums was charted in New Zealand, peaking at #35 in its second and last week, on April 20, 2003.[8]

Track listing[edit]

# Title[1] Length
1. "My Man"
(Charles, Pollack, Willemet)
3:41
2. "If You Go Away"
(Brel, McKuen)
4:27
3. "What Now My Love"
(Bécaud, DeLanoe)
3:59
4. "Un Homme et une Femme"
(Barouh, Lai)
3:19
5. "The Summer Knows"
(Bergman, Bergman, Legrand)
3:54
6. "I Wish You Love"
(Beach, Trenet)
3:59
7. "Yesterday, When I Was Young"
(Aznavour, Kretzmer)
3:53
8. "Les Moulins de mon cœur"
(Bergman, Bergman, Legrand)
3:44
9. "Les Feuilles mortes"
(Kosma, Mercer, Prevert)
4:05
10. "Where Do I Begin"
(Lai, Sigman)
3:45
11. "Syracuse"
(Dimey, Salvador)
3:28
12. "La Mer"
(Lasry, Trenet)
3:50
13. "And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen"
(Bergman, Ives, Legrand)
4:12
14. "If You Go Away" (remix)
(Brel, McKuen)
3:18

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[3] Gold 2002 100,000 192,000+[9]
Switzerland[6] Gold 2003 20,000

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Piano Bar, track listing and review allmusic.com (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  2. ^ a b Piano Bar, French Albums Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  3. ^ a b Kaas's certifications in France Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  4. ^ a b Piano Bar, Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  5. ^ a b Piano Bar, Swiss Albums Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  6. ^ a b 2002 certifications in Switzerland Swisscharts.com (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  7. ^ a b Piano Bar, Austrian Albums Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Piano Bar, New Zealand Albums Chart Charts.org.nz (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  9. ^ Sales and chart trajectories of various albums in France Fanofmusic.fr (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  10. ^ 2002 Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  11. ^ 2002 French Albums Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  12. ^ 2002 Swiss Albums Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved June 4, 2008)