Carla Bruni has shared this autumn her latest album. Her first album with original unreleased songsin seven years. Aneponymous album, a wholehearted embracing of her true self. Always sensitive, with emotions on the surface at times, the music of the album’s 13 songs –14 on vinyl and 17 on the collector’s edition –bears witness to a unique temperament. Through it we can sense a desire for a calm simplicity. That’s probably because the production of these songs was planned well before anyone set foot in the recording studio. Guitar, piano, a bit of foot-tapping and fragments of melody are the foundation of all the tracks, recorded behind closed doors with Albin de la Simone, who produced the entire album. For his first collaboration with Carla Bruni, the multi-instrumentalist –one of the very best on the French scene in the past 20 years –was determined to give her newsongs the most delicate treatment. Essentially written in French, the album includes one original song in English, and another one in Italian, a duet with actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Music is composed by Carla Bruni, Michel Amsellem, Jeremy Reynolds and Calogero. Listening to this new “Carpe Diem” manifesto, you can’t help but regain a strong sense of the present moment. And this is what’s so disarming about Bruni’s songs: the intimacy, the simplicity, in a spirit of freedom, friendship and love.