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Album Review

Something of a protégé of Celine Dion (he's managed by her husband and manager, René Angélil, and made his commercial breakthrough with a 2000 duet with Dion, "Sous le Vent"), Quebecois adult contemporary singer Garou (born Pierre Garand) has until now stuck to the French-language market. Piece of My Soul is his first English-language album, and it follows a similar formula to Dion's push into the Anglophone market a little over a decade before, featuring songs by Dion's core stable of songwriters (including 1980s one-hit wonder Aldo Nova, who co-wrote the title track and "Coming Home") as well as tracks by bigger names. Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas wrote the first single, the pop/rocker "Stand Up" (not a cover of the Ludacris single of the same name, which would have been as much a hoot as Dion's ill-advised take on AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long"), and the dramatic ballad "First Day of My Life" (already a 2006 hit for ex-Spice Girl Melanie C) was written by Enrique Iglesias. The pleasant songs and glossy radio-ready arrangements here seem quite calculated toward the American adult contemporary market.


Born: 26 June 1972 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

French pop singer Garou vaulted to fame as Quasimodo in the 1998 stage musical Notre-Dame de Paris. Born Pierre Garand in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on June 26, 1972, he was a child prodigy who mastered piano and guitar while still in primary school. As a teen, he joined his classmates' rock band Windows and Doors, and later played trumpet in a Canadian military marching band. While working day jobs including fashion store clerk and produce picker, Garou continued moonlighting in Montreal-area clubs and...
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