Carla Bruni, singer and wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, has journos all breathless and confused.
Her third album, “As If Nothing Had Happened,” finds political commentators trying to critique her music and music journos musing on affairs of state.
Of particular interest is the track “You Are My Fix,” which compares being in love with being hooked on heroin and coke.
Then there’s “I Am a Child,” in which she sings that she is still a little girl “despite my 40 years, despite my 30 lovers.”
The big question is: Was the album written before or after her whirlwind romance with Sarkozy? Lines such as “Let them curse me, I don’t give a damn, I who made men dance — I give myself to you, entirely,” from the song “I’m Yours,” have critics asking: Is that Sarkozy she’s talking about?
Bruni insists that eight of the tracks were written before she met the pol. But she does admit that people’s perception of her music may be influenced by their view of her husband. Whether that is true or not is hard to tell, although French leftwing newspaper Liberation has been vitriolic: “It’s bad, inaudible, rhythmically poor, the lyrics of an elementary school kid and the voice of 14-year-old.”