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Hit 2001 debut album for world music heartthrob whose vocals have been compared to Joe Cocker & Zucchero. 14 tracks including his duet with his most famous fan Celine Dion on 'Sous le Vent'.
Talk about friends in high places. On this, his debut solo disc, Sherbrooke-born Garou (a.k.a. Pierre Garard) has help from Celine Dion and Bryan Adams, not to mention Aldo Nova--not bad for a guy who came to the attention of French audiences as Low Sunday (Quasimodo) in Notre-Dame de Paris. Seul, recorded after his successful stage run, is a theatrical production with all the trademarks of French-Canadian pop--grandiose synths, antiseptic guitar work and melodramatic vocals. Garou, who sings in a raspy baritone, pulls out all the stops in his vocal performances, as though reaching out not just to the back rows but to the people waiting outside in line for tickets. The ballad with Dion is, of course, a showstopper, while the rocker "Que l'amour est violent" is as operatic as anything off Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell album. "Criminel" is swaggering funk-pop and "Jusqu'à me perdre," co-written by Adams, lightweight pop, and "Gambler," with its sounds of slot machines and Garou's blustery vocal, is kind of fun. According to one Web site biography (translated from the French) this disc has sold "one million specimens." --Shawn Conner
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However, I like his voice - it's low, growly, and sexy. He definitely can sing, and belts out these pop songs with a lot of emotion.
Garou is a French-Canadian singer from Quebec who sings in French. The French lyrics are included in the packaging (thank you, Sony), without any English translation. His first wide exposure came when he played Quasimodo in the musical 'Notre-Dame de Paris', and 'Seul' is his first solo album.
The cd's sound quality is very good, and the musicians are fine. The voice is great; I just wish he had chosen to sing different songs.
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My second cd of his, and I love his voice, he is very talented, and although it is in french it really doesn't matter his talent is great and I probably will purchase more of his... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2013 by Cariad
This CD is soo cheezy that you cannot get pass the production. If you are searching for a good francophone product. Read morePublished on March 4 2003
...as if there weren't enough already... I would recommend it to a 13-year-old girl though - something to cry over after a quarrel with a boyfriend... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003
Seems very derivative of lots of pop songs. It's rather cheesy. I wish I hadn't gone by the other reviews because I wasted [$$].Published on Sept. 11 2002