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No Promises

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Before recently becoming France’s First Lady, Italian-born ex-model Carla Bruni sought elocution and poetry-appreciation tips from buddy Marianne Faithfull. On No Promises, the chanteuse, whose ’03 debut disc found her romantically murmuring in French, adds nicotine-on-velvet English vocals and a folk-tinged vibe to poems by the likes of Emily Dickinson and W.B. Yeats. The airy, pastel-hued result aims for the sound of waifish ’60s Euro crooners such as Françoise Hardy. And while it’s hardly très magnifique, it’s not une horreur. B-
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