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No Promises
     

No Promises

by Carla Bruni
 

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On No Promises, former supermodel (and current wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy) Carla Bruni sets poems by Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, Dorothy Parker, and Christina Rossetti, among others, to music. Bruni's breathy delivery matches her looks, which is to say, it deserves your attention. Highlights include a rendition of Dickinson's poem "I Went to

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On No Promises, former supermodel (and current wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy) Carla Bruni sets poems by Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, Dorothy Parker, and Christina Rossetti, among others, to music. Bruni's breathy delivery matches her looks, which is to say, it deserves your attention. Highlights include a rendition of Dickinson's poem "I Went to Heaven."

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All Music Guide - Caspar Salmon
After the runaway success of her charming, folksy first album, Quelqu'un M'a Dit, Carla Bruni's sophomore effort takes a more difficult route and sees her setting canonical works by such poets as Yeats and Emily Dickinson to music. The lines "Wrapping that foul body up/In as foul a rag" in Yeats' "Those Dancing Days Are Gone" are delivered almost winsomely, where in fact the word "foul" should be allowed to drag, and to weigh down the rest of the line. Metered verse cannot fit this sort of verse-verse-chorus model. Of course, an album must be judged on its musical merits, and the overall mixture of rhythm and pedal steel guitars, with a touch of harmonica here and there, is a serviceable foil to Bruni's smoky voice. Although this impersonal set of disparate poems is often set to incongruous arrangements, the doo wop piano-and-guitar jam on Dickinson's "If You Were Coming in the Fall" is a highlight, lending itself oddly well to Bruni's sauce. [A Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition was also released.]
New York Sun
Ms. Bruni, 39, has a small, husky voice whose charm lies in its tousled, just-got-out-of-bed timbre. She recently told the Times of London that she began reading English and American poetry in order to find inspiration for her own songwriting. And then the idea came simply to record the poems she was reading. Brendan Bernhard

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
Label:
Downtown
UPC:
0878037002126
catalogNumber:
70021

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Performance Credits

Carla Bruni   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Classical Guitar,Vocal Percussion
Laurence Allalah   Cello
Louis Bertignac   Organ,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Tuba,Conga,Drums,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Sitar,Tabla,Mellotron,E-bow
Paco Sery   Bass,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Hervé Koster   Drums
Pierre DeMarty   Piano
Cyril Denis   Bass
Antoine Massoni   Contrabass (Vocal)
Charles Pasi   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Walter DeLa Mare   Composer,Poetry
Dorothy Parker   Composer,Poetry
Louis Bertignac   Producer,Engineer
Emily Dickinson   Composer,Poetry
Carla Bruni   Composer
William Butler Yeats   Composer,Poetry
Atlantique Ascoli   Art Direction

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