- 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Hearing her sing in English is just as sultry as in French. I liked her first album more but this is as well produced.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
How can Carla sing extreemly old English poetry with such emotion is behond me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet another melodic recording from Carla, she bring's musical promise's.Published 9 months ago by freddy
Carla's accent varies greatly, from word to word. I find part of each sentence drifts into undecipherable words. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Crippen
I do believe this would put an elevator into a coma, being used (as they are) to such rockers as Mantovani. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2012 by P. N. Jones
HER FIRST ALBUM WAS AMAZING, THIS ONE IS GREAT. THE CONCEPT, THE THOUGHT BEHIND IT, THE CLARITY OF MIND AND THE AMBITION TO CONCEIVE MUSIC FOR SUCH GREAT WORKS, IS REMARKABLE TO... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2007 by D. singh
Carla Bruni, was introduced to me via her "Quelqu'un m'a Dit" track that was tucked away on a compilation album. Read morePublished on 18 May 2007 by Alan Williamson