Brigitte Bardot


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B.B. has one of the all-time great come-hither album covers, a photo that manages to be absolutely pornographic while showing nothing but the blonde bombshell's hair, part of her face, and one naked shoulder. However, the contents are much less salacious. Bardot's second album, following 1962's imaginatively titled Brigitte Bardot, B.B. is largely an uninspired collection of second-rate songs given half-hearted, disinterested performances by the actress. The two exceptions are Bardot's slinky rendering of the early bossa nova standard "Maria Ninguem" (Maria Nobody), also recorded by the likes of João Gilberto, Herbie Mann, and, incongruously, Cliff Richard, and the bouncy single "Moi Je Joue." Bardot would not fully connect with her recording career until 1965, when she began recording the delightfully bizarre series of singles with Serge Gainsbourg that would eventually make her name as a singer. Fetching cover shot aside, the bubblegummy B.B. is of no more interest than a Shelley Fabares album.

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