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Italian-born/French-raised chanteuse Bruni has written a poignant record establishing her as an undeniably gorgeous new voice to American ears. With two previous records, heralded in her home of Europe, Bruni's current creation is her first English language album to hit US shores via Downtown records. Carla's fascination and appreciation of the language prompted her to make an album comprised of her favorite poems (from Emily Dickinson to WH Auden to William Butler Yeats), interpreting them into delicate and introspective songs. Profound, potent, and imbued with a delicate beauty.
"Come, let me sing into your ear," purrs Carla Bruni to open her second album, her French/Italian heritage betrayed in a pan-European accent that's as breathy and relaxing as a summer afternoon nap on the Riviera. Though the prospect of a former supermodel's career exploits is sometimes prettier than others (depends if you prefer the Project Runway pronouncements of Heidi Klum or the talk show/tabloid antics of Tyra Banks), Carla Bruni approaches music armed with something of a legitimate pedigree, both her parents having been musicians in their own right. Calling the album No Promises may reflect some intentional lowering of expectations for Bruni's experiment here, setting 11 reverently-chosen lyric poems by the likes of Emily Dickenson, W.B. Yeats, and Dorothy Parker to her own mellow, wispy music and pleasant voice. Where artists like Feist or Keren Ann use spare instrumentation and airy vocals to achieve delicacy and nuance, the compositions on No Promises seem to run together without much to distinguish one from another, and the result is neither offensive nor particularly inspirational. Maybe next time Carla Bruni will inject a little more fire into her belly and add some sparkle to her hushed soundscape. --Ben Heege
|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|
|7. If You Were Coming in the Fall|
|8. I Went to Heaven|
|10. Ballade at Thirty-Five|
|11. At Last the Secret Is Out|
Good tunes, beautiful voice - the sound is crisp and clear, but at the same time somewhat over processed as it it was mastered for earphones or small systems.Published 2 months ago by Thomas Nielsen
Most of the songs have English words in them mixed in with the French. The music is lite and enjoyable. I enjoyed the album and have created a Carla Bruni channel on Pandora. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bwhami
These things never reached their destination, therefore it would be unfair to criticize its contents.
Would be very unfair ..
Sultry and exotic with a European flair!! If I can find more that are in English (this is but some of her other CD's are in french), I would get them!!Published on February 5, 2013 by patti mackay
The music was ok but for some reason I was expecting it in French. I have to figure out how to order in French.Published on September 29, 2010 by B. L. Crook
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. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Lozarithm
Rich sound of acoustic guitars perfectly balanced with beautiful soft voice and touching melodies, this album is a great addition to Carla's first release (which is more gentle and... Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by Eugene
"No Promises" is dynamite to me. I love all the songs, but I love Carla's sultry, sexy, intimate voice. She could sing the phone book and I'd buy it. Read morePublished on March 12, 2009 by Sean Patrick