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Scène de vie (Eng: Moments in Life) is a studio album recorded by the Frenchmarker artist Patricia Kaas. It was her second album and was released in 1990. It confirmed the singer's potential, reaching the top of the albums chart in Francemarker.


In 1990, Kaas' first album, Mademoiselle chante..., was still well placed in the French charts. It was a huge success, and she decided to release a second album in order to consolidate her popularity. She left her former record company, Polydor, in order to join CBS/Sony. Cyril Prieur and Richard Walter from the firm 'Talent Sorcier' (Parismarker) replaced Bernard Schwartz and became her new managers. They both contributed significantly to the singer's success.

With her new record company, she produced her second studio album Scène de vie in 1990. As with the previous album, many tracks were composed by Barbelivien and Bernheim. With the song "Kennedy Rose" (dedicated to Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy clan and mother of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy), Kaas again worked with Elisabeth Depardieu and François Bernheim ; this collaboration was more successful than "Jalouse", even if it did not chart highly.

In France, there were four singles from this album, but only the first reached the top ten: "Les hommes qui passent" (#7), "Les Mannequins d'osier" (#21), "Kennedy Rose" (#36) and "Regarde les riches" (#27). They were not certified by the SNEP.

Chart performances

In France, Scène de vie went to #2 on May 10, 1990, before reaching the top of the albums chart and staying there for ten weeks. It spent 38 weeks in the top ten and 78 in the top 50.Albums chart trajectories in France (See : "Les Chart Runs" => "Patricia KAAS") (Retrieved June 4, 2008) It went Diamond disc eight years after its release, just as Mademoiselle chante... had done before it.

In Switzerland, the album entered the chart on May 6, 1990, at #17, and reached a peak position of #15. It remained on the chart for six weeks, then recharted for a further 16 weeks, from January 20 to May 5, 1991, entering the top 30 for eight weeks. It was certified double platinum in 1993.

The album also went platinum in Canadamarker, after being gold on March 28, 1991.

Track listing

# Title Length
1. "Générique (Thème Montmajour)"

2. "Les Mannequins d'osier"

3. "L'Heure du jazz"

(D.Barbelivien / Bernheim - Collo)
4. "Où vont les cœurs brisés"

5. "Regarde les riches"

6. "Les hommes qui passent"

(D.Barbelivien / Bernheim)
7. "Bessie"

(Grosz / Langolff)
8. "Tropic Blues Bar"

(Kopf / Lipkins)
9. "L'Enterrement de Sidney Bechet"

(D.Barbelivien / Bernheim)
10. "Kennedy Rose"

(Bernheim / E.Depardieu)
11. "Une Derniere Semaine à New York"

12. "Patou Blues"

(Barbelivien / Bernheim)
13. "Generique (orchestral)"



Country Certification Date Sales certified
Canada Platinum January 19, 1993 100,000
France Diamond 1998 1,000,000
Switzerland 2 x Platinum 1993 100,000


Chart (1990-1991) Peak

French Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 15


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