Not content with a glittering career as a model-turned-singer and being married to a former president of France, Carla Bruni has turned her attention to singing Depeche Mode songs.
The 49-year-old, who has five albums to her name and was one of the most sought after faces in the fashion world in the 1990s, has a new long player of cover versions being released later this year.
And, yep, Enjoy The Silence gets the wispy Bruni vocal treatment and is the first song to be released.
Explaining her reasons for picking the Depeche classic in an interview with Billboard, Bruni says:
“What I like very much about the song is the lyrics. It’s such a perfect song that it really didn’t need a cover.
“The lyrics are quite dark, but they’re made stronger because, nowadays, noise is everywhere.
“We need silence. Silence is healing.”
Indeed it is, not least for the former-First Lady of France who has moved out of the limelight as such and returned to her singing career after spending four years in the Elysee Palace.
She married French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 and became a French citizen (she was born in Italy) after an apparent whirlwind romance shortly after he took office.
Bruni’s version is by no means the best take of Enjoy The Silence but it’s probably not the worst either.
In fact, there are many, many versions kicking about these days, recreated with varying degrees of quality.
But it is certainly the first cover of a Depeche song recorded by a figure who has seemingly sped through a hugely successful, high-profile professional career and private life with few blemishes (she has even caught the eye of musical icons Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, before settling down with a politician and having a family).
I’m sure someone once said “Fast Fashion” is a great name for a band. No, they didn’t 😉