No Promises

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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."
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble
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."
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.
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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Downtown
  • UPC: 878037002027
  • Catalog Number: 70020
  • Sales rank: 9,126

Album Credits

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, Mastering
Emily Dickinson Composer, Poetry
Carla Bruni Composer
William Butler Yeats Composer, Poetry
Atlantique Ascoli Art Direction
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