Acclaimed French chanteuse Patricia Kaas makes her English-language debut, inspired by the upcoming film And Now . . .

Acclaimed French chanteuse Patricia Kaas makes her English-language debut, inspired by the upcoming film And Now . . . Ladies and Gentlemen, in which she appears as a cabaret singer. Kaas brings her extraordinary vocals—sultry and smoky, supple and welcoming—to this collection, heavy on French songs from the likes of Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour. Most are translated into English, which she performs with a faint accent and just a shade less emotion than her French numbers. Highlights include ethereal English opener "My Man," languid, bilingual "Autumn Leaves," and dreamily retro "Un Homme et une Femme" in the original French. Robin Millar, best-known for producing Sade, brings a similar feel here: moody yet elegant, more evocative of a jazz lounge than a piano bar. Arrangements are occasionally dull, but Kaas' voice proves irresistible in any language.—WH