Picks and Pans Review: Carla Bruni

updated 09/01/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/01/2008 01:00AM

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FRENCH POP
As the cover girl of the September issue of Vanity Fair, Carla Bruni—a former model who is now the first lady of France—is heralded as possibly "the new Jackie O." But it's doubtful that J. F. K.'s wife could have ever produced such a sultry set of folk-pop. This mostly French album (the title of which means "As If Nothing Had Happened") is an alluring affair full of lilting cadences and come-hither coos. No matter what the language, Bruni clearly possesses a certain je ne sais quoi.

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