Comme Si de Rien N'Etaitby Carla Bruni
The title of Carla Bruni's 2008 album, Comme Si de Rien N'Etait (As If Nothing Had Happened), is a good joke. After all, since her last album Bruni fell into a whirlwind romance with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and ended up marrying him and becoming the "First Lady" of France. That's a pretty big "something," and indeed it isn't often that the romance of a singer and a president is chronicled on record as it is here -- though you need to be fluent in French to catch the details, since only her cover of '50s pop classic "You Belong to Me" (which is a witty nod to a semi-scandalous trip the couple took to Egypt and other exotic locales before they were wed) is in English. You don't need to know exactly what's going on lyrically, because the intimate-sounding arrangements on the ballads and the light and breezy sound of the more uptempo tunes clue you in that there is romance in the air. Along with the nice arrangements, the best thing about the album is Bruni's intimate and sultry singing. She can purr like a Gainsbourg girl, strut sassily, or croon quite tenderly -- sometimes all within the same song. Most of the time she sounds like you always hoped a '60s French bombshell would sound but never quite did (think Bardot or Birkin). Not surprisingly, Bruni appears totally in control throughout the album, which could be down to her having written almost all of the songs herself, or could be down to her new position in the world. Whatever the reason, it makes for quite an improvement over her previous album, No Promises, and fulfills the promise of her charming debut, Quelqu'un M'a Dit. It is probably the best album released by a "First Lady," but beyond that, it's a pleasant, sometimes compelling album by a singer/songwriter with some stories to tell and a lovely way of telling them.
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Performance CreditsCarla Bruni Primary Artist
Michel Amsellem Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Karen Brunon Violin,String Quartet
Freddy Koella Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Violin,Electric Guitar,Baryton
Laurent Vernerey Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Dominique Blanc-Francard Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Autoharp,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vibes,6-string bass
Denis Benarrosch Percussion,Drums
Elsa Benabdallah Violin,String Quartet
Thierry Farrugia Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Florent Bremond Alto,String Quartet
Christophe Morin Cello,String Quartet
Charles Pasi Harmonica
Technical CreditsPee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Francesco Guccini Arranger,Composer
Julien Clerc Composer
Jean Baptiste Mondino Cover Photo
Dominique Blanc-Francard Producer,Brass Arrangment
Florence Deygas Drawing
Bénédicte Schmitt Engineer
Benjamin Biolay String Arrangements
Carla Bruni Arranger,Composer
Chilton Price Composer
Michel Houellebecq Composer
Taofik Farah Composer
Raphaël Enthoven Arranger
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Lovely songs, haunting, rich voice.
Good quality musicians.
Enjoyed very much, and purchased to give as gifts.
Okay, I wanted to hear what the French President's wife/former model sounded like--and I wasn't a bit disappointed. These tracks are catchy, quietly upbeat, and nice to hear again and again. Also, if you are studying French as a foreigner, it's easy to understand Ms. Bruni's interpretations and lyrics. It compares well with her earlier CDs, which I would also recommend.
My mother always spoke french or italian, she wasn't much of a fan of English, and therefor I became very fluent in all three languages, but French is still my absolute favorite language. With that, you don't need to understand French to love these CD'S, you really don't, it's simply beautiful, and as the phrase goes "Music is the only international language". I really adore this CD, However I also love Carla Bruni. She seems so sincere and just like a sweet person. All the love songs on the CD are written for her (very famous) husband, Nickolas Sarkozy, otherwise known as the president of France, however it seems so sincere that she loves him, regardless of his political position (cough, president of one of the most beautiful countries in the world).
I gave this CD to my niece & her husband for their 1st anniversary. He proposed to her in Paris.