M odels are only too happy to say, like a cliché, that most of them far from the catwalk are blessed with rather manageable talent. France's former first lady and still model Carla Bruni has been proving the opposite for a good 17 years. Her music has won over the harshest of critics, and her new album French Touch is no exception.
After Bruni was still très français with her last longplayer "Little French Songs", the 49-year-old sings on "French Touch" exclusively in English. Incidentally, the album was produced by 16-time Grammy winner David Foster, who has already made artists like Celine Dion and Josh Groban world stars.
Bruni doesn't commit to one musical genre here, instead she reinterprets her personal favorite songs. For example the cult track "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode or the wonderfully nostalgic "Moon River" by Henry Mancini. Her voice still sounds seductively smoky without slipping into any random chanson timbre. Our play tip: Carla Bruni's version of "Miss You", a title by the Rolling Stones.