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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dramatico Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000O75VMQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Those Dancing Days Are Gone
2. Before the World Was Made
3. Lady Weeping At The Crossroads
4. I Felt My Life With Both My Hands
5. Promises Like Pie-Crust
6. Autumn
7. If You Were Coming In The Fall
8. I Went To Heaven
9. Afternoon
10. Ballade At Thirty-Five
11. At Last the Secret Is Out

Product Description

Carla Bruni may be best known as the face that graced a thousand magazine
covers, or the romantic companion to the rich and famous, but the Bruni bow
has many strings. Born in Italy, raised in France, her aristocratic
upbringing might have inspired lethargy in others, but Carla's life as a
supermodel has given way to that of a chanteuse. Her debut album ,
`Quelqu'un m'a dit', sold an astonishing 2 million copies worldwide; a
collection of self-penned songs in breathy, earthy Italian and French.

Her new release, `No Promises', is a quietly triumphant gem; an album that
celebrates the lyricism of a round table's worth of English language poets
in eleven songs that highlight the exemplary musicianship and creative
vision of Bruni and her producer/collaborator, ex-Telephone guitarist Louis
Bertignac. From the harmonica-fuelled interpretation of WB Yeat's `These
Dancing Days Are Gone' (`I carry the sun in a golden cup/the moon in a
silver bag' runs the beautifully annunciated refrain) to the chiaroscuro
take on W.H Auden's `Lady Weeping At The Crossroads' and the rocking
version of Emily Dickinson's `I Felt My Life With Both Hands', one feels
that all the poets involved - male or female, American or British, 19th or
20th Century - would have granted Bruni their blessing.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Dudgeon on 6 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I downloaded this from i-tunes after hearing an interview with Carla on Irish radio. Although I am not a poetry person Carla has brought, through song, the meaningful lyrics of some beautiful word-works which I would never have been exposed to, nor have the interest to delve into before now.

A really great work, from listening its obvious that thought has been put into the musical arrangement which perfectly matches the literary theme, and more importantly Carla can really sing! Also there is collaboration w/ Lou Reed, what more can you ask for?

I would highly recommend. Look forward to the next release, there must be lots more poetry out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kasablanka on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
As another reviewer states, do not be put off by the concept of this. After all, what are some songs anyway if not poetry set to music. Being poems by some of the greatest poets, you then have beautiful sounding music and great lyrics ! This is good to listen with headphones while travelling. I have had no trouble hearing every word.
Hearing her sing in English is just as sultry as in French. I liked her first album more but this is as well produced.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 9 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
A French-Italian ex super model sets music to 11 classic poems, including works by the likes of WB Yeats, Emily Dickinson, WH Auden and Dorothy Parker. Not exactly the most thrilling of prospects on paper is it?

Yet in practise Carla Bruni has managed to do what her one time love Mick Jagger hasn't done for a good 20 years or so; that is put together a consistently good album.

It's packed with highlights and in fact is often so good that you forget that she's singing old poetry. Particularly good are her versions of Dorothy Parker's "Afternoon" and Yeats' "Those Dancing Days Are Gone" but there's little that doesn't captivate you.

For comparison's sake you could say it's like Charlotte Gainsbourg covering Cohen, and if it can sometimes get a little pedestrian and one-paced that doesn't detract too much from what is pretty much a constant delight. Sometimes things that seem so wrong on paper can end up sounding so right; this is definitely one of those occasions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I Coe on 26 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
A hypnotic environment of word and sound which provides a delightful excuse to investigate the work of the poets included....but I needed the scripts the first time round although the French accent and mysterious dropping of plural's' was lispingly attractive.Well worth a listen and all that the poetry demands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steph on 4 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was initially put off this album by the many 'mixed to average' reviews by the peers of the music press. Still subjectivity reigns supreme!

One of the delights of Carla's 1st album was her singing in her native French, and all should know now she sings this in English, albeit still sensually and softly. The lyrics/Poetry is beautiful to listen to (Christina Georgina Rossetti, Dorothy Parker, Emily Dickinson to name a few..) - And the soundtrack is a delight to the ears, fans of her 1st offering will immediately appreciate the ambience and comfort the album cover promises so well.

An awesome album by a very beautiful, intelligent, original woman.. (yer I do find her gorgeous!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure if it is possible to be too languid, but if it is then Carla Bruni must surely be the prime candidate of the genre. On this, her follow-up to the charming album Quelqu'un m'a dit, she adopts a languorousness that goes above and beyond the call of duty, sounding at times as if she has barely woken up. Quelqu'un M'a Dit was sung convincingly in French (although she is Italian), but on this album, her singing debut in English, there is an awkwardness as if the words she is enunciating were previously unfamiliar, and I often found myself wishing, despite the otherwise adept production, that they had gone for another take.

However, the project is a worthwhile one, and one that has been well executed in respect of the arrangements and melodies. Carla Bruni has created settings for a number of English-language poems: Dorothy Parker, WB Yeats, Walter De La Mare, Emily Dickinson, WH Auden and Christina Rosetti are all represented. The poems and a few lines about each are included in the booklet. Is it significant that there is no British or American equivalent that springs to mind? One wonders if our record companies would have been readily sold on such a concept.
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By N. Mikesch on 26 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Listening to it first, we thought it would never become as important to us as Carla's other two albums who we love and listen to over and over again.
I bought it was a Valentine's present for my boyfriend and after the second listening we appreciated it more and more and now we listen to it nearly daily.

I like the idea that Carla Bruni took some of the poems of fine art and wrote melodies to them. She chants the lyrics with her sexy, sweet voice.

All in all a beautiful album, that definitely does not rank behind her French albums.
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By Pete on 2 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Never listened to Carla Bruni before, but how increadible he voice is; I've now just ordered a second album this one in French. I dont speak the language, but i do love to hear it spoken so I know I wont be dissapointed once more.

How can Carla sing extreemly old English poetry with such emotion is behond me!
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