Former supermodel and French folk/pop music star Carla Bruni's (France's first lady) latest album drops in the UK on Monday. This is her third album.
Can you imagine the hell an American president would get if he brought a model or pop star into the White House?
Anyway, the British press corps were sent advance copies of the CD and boy did theyhate it!
Let's call it a pretty unanimous thumbs down from the country's most respected media outlets.
Here's a little sampling of what the Brits had to say…
- The Independent newspaper was unimpressed with her music, saying the former supermodel came across as "simpering and weedy". Headlining its two-page review "First lady… of schmaltz", the reviewer said it was "all very pleasant, and unsurprisingly inoffensive… but none of these arrangements, despite perhaps stretching Bruni's personal envelope, exactly breaks new ground."
- The Guardian said the listener may have trouble separating the memory of the stately presidential wife on show in London from the singer expounding on multiple lovers and alluding to cocaine.
(Sidenote: Carla received rave reviews in Britain for her beauty and clothes when she accompanied Prezzie Sarkozy on a state visit in March.)
- The Guardian went on to say, "The hardest part about listening to Carla Bruni's new album is somehow erasing from your memory that woman in the demure, dove-grey Dior coat, flat shoes and little black hat who had us all swooning back in March…When she sings, in 'Je Suis une Enfant', that she remains a little girl 'despite my 40 years, despite my 30 lovers', for instance, that doesn't exactly sound what you might call presidential."
Why aren't any of our first ladies ever that 'interesting'?
[Image by Stephanie Methven via WENN.]