Carla Bruni – No Promises

February 18, 2008

Paris based model turned singer/songwriter Carla Bruni’s second album sounded great conceptually, anyway: It’s a collection of 12 songs with lyrics based on work by poets ranging from W. B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson to Dorothy Parker, among others, with music written by Bruni herself. The results are fairly mixed, however, mostly because though she’s done an excellent job creating lyrics out of the verses, the music isn’t nearly as inspired. It falls into a sort of borderline generic folk and blues rock sound for the most part, though on some songs, she does rise to the occasion, as on album highlights, “Those Dancing Days Are Gone,” “Promises Like Pie-Crust,” “If You Were Coming In The Fall” and “Afternoon.” This album nevertheless was a big hit in Europe, so it may just be a matter of taste.


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