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Album Review

Of the many Pascal Obispo albums released over the course of the variété française giant's illustrious career, Welcome to the Magic World of Captain Samouraï Flower is perhaps the oddest. It's a loosely tied together concept album in which he adopts the moniker Captain Samouraï Flower, dresses like a militarized Zorro, and sings fantastical songs with an idealistic ecological bent. The Beatles' Summer of Love opus Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) is clearly an influence, in terms of costume as well as musical style. "Le Drapeau" is particularly interesting in that it's a rewrite of Coldplay's international smash hit "Viva la Vida" from a year earlier.


Born: 08 January 1965 in Bergerac, Dordogne, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning in the mid-'90s, Pascal Obispo was one of French pop's most successful singer/songwriters, releasing a steady stream of commercial blockbuster albums, scoring Top Ten hit singles with regularity, embarking on sold-out concert tours, writing songs for a musical of his own idea, and collaborating with a long list of French pop stars, from Florent Pagny to Fatal Bazooka. Born on January 8, 1965, in Bergerac, France, he made his solo album debut in 1990 with Le Long du Fleuve on EMI. Co-written...
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