Alex Milkin | Russia | 12/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Best ever lyrics. Best ever JAZZ. Best ever performance! Period! Perfect excuse for 2000 "Night Club" which was aimed at larger audience but was not up to the standards ,she already set with "Modern Cool","Companion". "Night Club " was too mainstream ,too sweet ,D.Krall alike background music. This ingenious album sets new heights for the contemporary jazz! As French don't deserve their Paris, Americans don't deserve such a talent as Patricia Barber ."
Charles Serrano | Lompoc, California USA | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am surprised and disapponted by any negative review related to this album. Critics claim pretention on her part but I find this inconceivable. Patrica Barbaer is the real thing. She has cultivated her style, feeling and sense of music for years in Chicago's Green Mill. She is approachable, interesting and a very serious musician; in other words, pretention is the last thing one can say about her. If you have trouble with the lyrics, get a dictionary and learn some vocabulary. If you find the music stand-offish, buy a better stereo or better yet take some time to hear her. You will discover a very engaged artist who communicates well to her audience.As far as I am concerned this is an essential jazz recording and deserves every bit of critical support it has received. Congradulations Miss Barber and I hope to hear you again soon in Chicago."
An Adventurous Excursion
Charles Serrano | 11/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many people will dismiss this effort as pretentious and wordy. Too diffucult, not a swinger, etc., etc. To do so is to miss the point by a mile. Great artists take risks, and they should be applauded for their efforts. "Verse" requires the listener to free himself of pre-conceived ideas. To open up and to let the words and music sink in. With each playing, it will become more and more obvious, that Patricia Barber has dug deep inside her self, and come up with a totally unique idea coupled with interpretations that only she could have pulled off.Listen to Mahler's 6th, or 9th, for the first time. Tell me it was an "easy" experience! Keep listening again and again, and you will hear the essence of genius. THAT is what "verse" is like.I do not want to single any one track out. Form your own opinions as to which ones affect you the most. Keep your mind and your ears open, and you will be transported into the psyche of a true original: Patricia Barber."