Review: Carla Bruni, ‘Comme Si De Rien N’Etait”

Carla Bruni, ‘Comme Si De Rien N’Etait’: Aidin Vaziri | Even before she married French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni had a thing for prominent men such as Mick Jagger and Donald Trump. So even though the lyrics on her third album, “Comme Si de Rien N’Etait” (“As If Nothing Happened”), were written before her latest romantic coup, it’s hard to separate content from context, especially when, in the song “Tu Es Ma Came,” the singer describes her lover as “more dangerous than Colombian white.” But the mild-mannered music hardly matches the exuberance of lines like that. Slathered with strings, horns, and folk and blues guitars, Bruni’s new album is not quite as charming as her 2003 premiere, “Quelqu’un M’a Dit.” Still, songs such as “L’Amoureuse” and “Déranger Les Pierres” are quite beautiful, and “Salut Marin,” a tribute to her late brother, might represent one of Bruni’s finest recorded moments yet.

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