More than six weeks before its release, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's third album, Comme si de Rien N'etait (or Like Nothing Happened), is already getting rave reviews in the French press.
The Journal du Dimanche devoted three pages to Bruni, including her modest self-description: "I am only a folksinger. I tell little stores which are mine – and yours."
Not to be outdone, Le Figaro devoted its entire front page to its review, which claimed the new disc – largely recorded after the model's marriage to French president Nicolas Sarkozy – reveals "the mature work of an exceptional singer." (The album hits stores in France and the U.S. on July 21.)
Her apparently autobiographical lyrics are also raising a few eyebrows. Most notably, Bruni sings, "I am a child/ Despite my 40 years/ Despite my 30 lovers/ A child." And in "Ma Came" (My Fix), she compares a love affair (presumably with Sarkozy) to narcotic addiction. As she croons: My guy is more deadly than heroin/ More dangerous than cocaine ... / My guy, I roll him up and smoke him."
The eminently photogenic Bruni, whose previous musical attachments included Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, began her own recording career in 2002. Her debut Quelqu'un M'a Dit (Someone Told Me) sold 2 million copies worldwide.