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Friday, February 23, 2018

CONCERT REVIEW
Carla Bruni Made San Francisco Fall In Love Tonight


Carla Bruni in Paris. Roberto Frankenberg/The New York Times

       

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Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com        Follow popcornreel on Twitter FOLLOW                                           
Friday, February 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO

Love was the theme tonight as Carla Bruni swooped into town in her debut cabaret concert in this romantic city.  Ms. Bruni was scintillating, singing an eclectic mix of music that included her own songs, covers from an array of artists from ABBA to AC/DC many of which are on her latest album "French Touch".  She sang in three languages: French, Italian and English.

Ms. Bruni treated the audience at the intimate, world-famous Venetian Room here at the Fairmont Hotel to a cozy, warm and excellent display of vocal sensations and soothing appeals to love.  The singer-songwriter-musician cast herself as an unabashed lover and enthusiastic appreciater of music as she paid homage to some of the artists she grew up with or admired. 

Most of all though, on the small stage she glided across for nearly two hours Ms. Bruni was the romantic, cherishing past sensations and joys of love while living very much in the present glow of love's foundation with her husband Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president.  Mr. Sarkozy was in attendance with their son, and Ms. Bruni displayed her affection for her supportive husband, who led the applauding during several numbers she performed.  They shared a brief moment of intimacy amidst an interactive, upbeat San Francisco audience.

On the night Ms. Bruni was fearless, suggestive, swaying gently as she sang, sometimes fixing a deep, penetrative gaze at this writer and at others who watched her.  Ms. Bruni was a marvelous musician all night long.  She drew her listeners in, enticed, uplifted, caressed and inspired, sometimes all at once, and effortlessly.  Ms. Bruni, who has been a musician and singer-songwriter for more than 20 years, was magnificent.  Her economy in vocalizing and playing the guitar -- and her confident, natural stage presence left patrons yearning for more. 

Ms. Bruni amorously declared her love for San Francisco on more than one occasion.  Her displays were heartfelt, tender and truly sincere.  Her playfulness in these moments shone through and her dedication, skill and dexterity as a musician were sublime.  Her work on stage makes a heart grow full.  Patrons were left buzzing with happiness, bliss and splendor.  As a musician and singer Ms. Bruni was infectious and intoxicating.  Her band backed her wonderfully on cello, percussion, guitar and piano amongst other instruments that punctuated the mood of each song.

Ms. Bruni's most effective moments were songs in her native French tongue (she was born in Italy but moved to France at age 7), bringing a tonal richness, evenness and silky sound to her vocals that felt as if every word was literally floating on air. 

Among other artists, Ms. Bruni paid tribute to the late Lou Reed, and dedicated a cover of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" "to all of the women and men who stand by their man."  Ms. Bruni also cheekily sang "Please Don't Kiss Me" while providing a moving rendition of "Moon River" as she tipped her hat to the film "Breakfast At Tiffany's" as she fondly recalled Audrey Hepburn.

Tonight Ms. Bruni owned the night and had San Francisco in the palm of her hand.


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