Friday, February 10, 2006

How to warm up the winter games

Play it: Carla Bruni Quelqu'un M'a Dit
Download: Carla Bruni "Le Ciel Dans Une Chambre"

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony got a much needed boost from the appearance of Turin-born model turned singer Carla Bruni. She carried the Italian flag in for the ceremony, which is fine if you forget the fact that she was raised in France and considers her primary language to be French (she sings in French anway.) But what other Turin native is gonna fill that Armani gown but Bruni?

Really, this is just an excuse to put her mug on the page. You may remember Carla as Mick Jagger's mistress, or her liasons with Eric Clapton, Donald Trump or Kevin Costner. Well, she left the modeling (and mistress) world awhile ago, and has since used her well-earned connections to break into the music biz. Her album, Quelqu'un M'a Dit, was released last year and actually is pretty good (even if her face wasn't on the cover.) Her breath-y vocal delivery is incredibly pleasant, and most of the album is quite captivating, like Bruni herself. Just take a listen to the opening and title track ("Quelqu'un M'a Dit") and be swept up in it.... like a luge (or something segue-ish back to the Winter Olympics ;)

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