Carla Bruni: You Belong To Me


You Belong To Me


Carla Bruni (vocals)


Comme Si De Rien N'était (Downtown DWT70045)

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Carla Bruni (vocals),

Charles Pasi (harmonica), Freddy Loella (Dobro, electric guitar), Laurent Vernery (bass), Denis Benarrosh (drums)


Composed by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price & Redd Stewart; arranged by Carla Bruni


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, February 11 and 13, 2008


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

When you first hear Carla Bruni's very sensual voice, all full of air and promise, it's hard to not think back to Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot. Unfortunately, I also think of my first French vocal record: The Singing Nun. Ouch.

Happily, Bruni's spin of this classic takes just a hint of the romanticism of Jo Stafford's version and adds all manner of texture and sexy nuance. The sparse arrangement (love the Dobro!) accentuates the earthy qualities of her instrument nicely. When her voice comes close to breaking up, you can almost hear the insinuation that she just got out of bed.

Plus, she made me forget about The Singing Nun.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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