Sexe Fort [France]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On her seventh outing, France's reigning chanteuse -- though she now resides in Switzerland -- Patricia Kaas returns to singing in her native language with a seemingly startling new direction: rock. Sexe Fort "the Stronger Sex" is a collection rock-flavored pop tunes drenched in electric guitars that are squarely aimed at the European charts. Kaas as a tough woman of rock is a sharp contrast to the chanson of the Piano Bar, her last outing, or her songs on the soundtrack to And Now Ladies And Gentlemen, in which she co-starred with Jeremy Irons. But Sexe Fort is not so much an about face as a gentle slap in the face. The opener, "Ou Sont les Lommes" Where Are the Men" is ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On her seventh outing, France's reigning chanteuse -- though she now resides in Switzerland -- Patricia Kaas returns to singing in her native language with a seemingly startling new direction: rock. Sexe Fort "the Stronger Sex" is a collection rock-flavored pop tunes drenched in electric guitars that are squarely aimed at the European charts. Kaas as a tough woman of rock is a sharp contrast to the chanson of the Piano Bar, her last outing, or her songs on the soundtrack to And Now Ladies And Gentlemen, in which she co-starred with Jeremy Irons. But Sexe Fort is not so much an about face as a gentle slap in the face. The opener, "Ou Sont les Lommes" Where Are the Men" is also the album's first single. And it is not an electric six-string one hears, but a keyboard and a drum machine, slipping already into the realm of slick adult alternative Europop. But make no mistake; the drama inherent in the provocative cut by Léa Ivanne and the only thing here written by a woman is pure rock hegemony. The growl in La Kaas' voice is as tough as Pat Benatar's. Pierre-Yves Lebert's and Pascal Obispo's sentimentally charged "L'Abbe Caillou" -- an homage to France's L'Abbe Pierre -- sounds like a French version of Sinéad O'Connor's read of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," and is stunningly effective -- particularly if you cannot understand the lyrics and only feel the grain in the singer's voice. Elsewhere, contributions from France's big-time songwriters, such as Francis Cabrel, F. Bernheim, Jean-Jacques Goldman, and Etienne Roda-Gil, assure the listener that the material encountered here will measure up to the singer's truly amazing gift. The toughness in "Je ne Veaux Plus le Pardonner" "I Cannot Forgive You Anymore" by David Manet and Salvatore Campanile is pure pathos and swagger fueled by acoustic guitars, slithering electrics, and insistently strummed acoustic guitars. The singer's voice takes the lyric and wraps herself around it, uttering heartbreak and determination in the same breath, evidencing the transcendence of the "stronger sex." Likewise, "La Nuit Est Mauve" The Night Is Mauve" by Renaud and F. Bernheim is a love song that meditates on a sleeping lover and the need to wrap him in a pink kiss. But there are headier topics here, such as the mournful loss in "J'en Tremblerai Encore" "I Still Tremble About It", and "II a Blessure" "My Wound", about the deaths of her brother and mother, respectively. Certainly Sexe Fort is a slick, glossy recording with the dominating production of Frederic Helbert raining down all around the singer. But she rises to meet the bombast, and reins it in to get these beautiful and moving songs across with the sheer force of her voice, which is, in essence, the power of nature itself. The set ends with the hidden track "Je Maudis" "I Curse", where she is accompanied only by an acoustic guitar and a National Steel guitar being played with a slide. And as it all winds down, the heartbreak, and the resignation that pain is at the heart of all transformation, whispers it to a close. While French lyrics may sound ridiculous when translated into English, they are nonetheless communicative of a deeper range of emotion. Kaas may be trying to reinvent herself here, but her gloriously impure instrument, which conveys the soul matters and the unspeakable truths of the chanson, translate very easily to pop and rock. This is a remarkable album in every respect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2003
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • UPC: 821838180722
  • Catalog Number: 513407

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patricia Kaas Primary Artist
Ian Thomas Drums
Jean-Philippe Allard Alto
Eric Benzi Synthesizer, Choeurs
Louis Bertignac Guitar, Clavier, Choeurs
Nicolas Fiszman Basse
Jean-Jacques Goldman Piano, Choeurs
Roy Martin Drums
Milton McDonald Guitar
Pascal Obispo Choeurs
Amaury Blanchard Drums
Bart Lemmens Violone
Karel Ingelaere Violone
Pierre Jaconelli Guitar
André Hampartzoumian Guitar
Mark Steylaerts Violone, Concert Master
Veronique Gilis Violone
Mauritz Goossens Violone
Marc Tooten Alto
Gudrun Vercampt Violone
Michel Boulanger Musical Direction
Richard Walter Vocal Director
Lode Vercampt Cello
Frédéric Helbert Guitar, Accordion, Clavier, Dirigida, Musical Direction
Thierry Blanchard Clavier
Pancho Synthesizer, Group Member
Charly "Magic" Valora Synthesizer, Group Member
Carolyn Minor Violone
Karel Steylaerts Cello
Bernard Viguie Basse
Charice Adriaansen Contrabass (Vocal)
Eric Baeten Violone
Jeff Bourassin Guitar, Group Member
Pascal B. Carmen Guitar
Herwig Coryn Cello
Liesbeth DeLombaert Alto
Dominique "Doudou" Greffier Choeurs
Koenraad Hofman Contrabass (Vocal)
Bruno Le Roux Guitar, Slide Guitar, Dirigida
Eva Zylka Violone
Eva Vermeeren Violone
Sigrid Van Den Bogaerde Cello
Alissa Vaitsner Violone
Dark Vador Choeurs
Dirk Uten Violone
Vadim Tsiboulevsky Violone
Marian Taché Violone
Katrien Smedis Alto
Jeroen Robbrecht Alto
Technical Credits
Eric Benzi Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Louis Bertignac Composer
Jean-Jacques Goldman Composer
Matthew Vaughan Programming
Francis Cabrel Composer
Pascal Obispo Composer
Bruno Fourrier Engineer
Phil Delire Engineer
Mark Steylaerts Contributor
Richard Walter Executive Producer
Frédéric Helbert Arranger, Programming
Patrick Fiori Composer
Triangle Arranger
J.C. Beaudon Mastering
Thierry Blanchard Programming
Pancho Programming
Charly "Magic" Valora Programming
Mathieu Dallaporta Pro-Tools
Pascal B. Carmen Composer
Hamoudi Laggoune Concept
Bruno Le Roux Arranger
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