A Corazon Abierto

A Corazon Abierto

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by Alejandro Fernández
     
 

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Mexican heartthrob Alejandro Fernández joins forces with hitmaker Kike Santander to deliver a ballad-heavy album that makes some sonic allusions to his heritage as son of the greatest living mariachi, Vicente Fernández, and his own history as a proud practitioner of big hat music. Swooning orchestras, occasional trumpet fanfare (as on the opener, "Para Vivir" and "Si… See more details below

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Mexican heartthrob Alejandro Fernández joins forces with hitmaker Kike Santander to deliver a ballad-heavy album that makes some sonic allusions to his heritage as son of the greatest living mariachi, Vicente Fernández, and his own history as a proud practitioner of big hat music. Swooning orchestras, occasional trumpet fanfare (as on the opener, "Para Vivir" and "Si Alguna Vez") give some context to Alejandro's dreamy tenor -- an instrument as awe-inspiring as his father's, given the same setting -- but the emphasis here is on dreamy, acoustic guitar-driven ballads. A minority of uptempo numbers includes "Se Va," with its flamenco rumba accents, which gets the most full-blooded peformance on this languid listening experience.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
On A Corazón Abierto Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernández returned to Latin pop music for the first time in four years. Despite several album releases in the meantime, including Orígenes (2001), Un Canto de México (2002), Niña Amada Mía (2003), En Vivo: Juntos por Ultima Vez (2003), and Zapata: El Sueño del Héroe (2004), Fernández chose with each to focus on traditional Mexican music, particularly the ranchera style with which he had begun his career. Prior to A Corazón Abierto, the last pop album by Fernández was Entre Tus Brazos (2000), a chart-topping collaboration with producer/songwriters Emilio Estefan, Jr., and Kike Santander, who three years earlier had helmed his mainstream breakthrough, Me Estoy Enamorando (1997), a blockbuster pop-crossover effort that spawned four Billboard chart-topping hit singles. Consequently, the release of A Corazón Abierto was something of an event, a much-hyped return to pop by Fernández that was either long awaited (by those who enjoy his pop efforts) or unwelcomed (by those who would prefer that he remain focused on traditional Mexican music). Regardless of your preference, there's no question that A Corazón Abierto is exceptionally well crafted and graced with numerous first-rate songs. While Estefan is a no-show this time around, Santander plays a major role in the outcome of A Corazón Abierto. Not only does he produce the album alongside Aureo Baqueiro; he also is credited with writing five of the 12 songs. The production of Santander is key to the success of A Corazón Abierto. Glossy and multi-layered, his production work is broadly appealing and well suited to the pop-crossover market, yet at the same time, it remains firmly rooted in ranchera and other regional Mexican styles long associated with Fernández and his father, Vincente Fernández. Another key to the success of A Corazón Abierto is the stable of songwriting talent on hand. In addition to Santander, the album boasts the songwriting of Leonel García (of the Latin pop duo Sin Bandera), Gian Marco, Jaime Flores, and Reyli Barba (aka Reyli), each among the best Latin pop songwriters of his day. The result is a batch of well-crafted songs, particularly the hit singles "Me Dediqué a Perderte," "Canta Corazón," "Qué Voy a Hacer con Mi Amor," and "Qué Lástima." If Fernández sounds less in command of the music, that's simply the nature of a blockbuster pop album such as this, where the producers and songwriters are arguably as key to the success of the album as the vocalist. Relative to his previous pop albums, though, Fernández sounds more at ease on A Corazón Abierto, as if he's truly enjoying himself and singing from the heart. That he sounds more at home makes A Corazón Abierto perhaps his best pop album to date. Granted, it's not a monumental release the way Me Estoy Enamorando was back in 1997, breaking Fernández into the Latin pop mainstream as it did and establishing him as a crossover star in the process. But it's arguably a better album overall, in no small part because it's more respectful of his roots, and was well worth the wait for fans of Fernández the hitmaker.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037629532322
catalogNumber:
95323

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Para Vivir  - Alejandro Fernández
  2. Me Dediqué a Perderte  - Alejandro Fernández
  3. Canta Corazón  - Alejandro Fernández
  4. Qué Voy a Hacer Con Mi Amor  - Alejandro Fernández
  5. Si Alguna Vez  - Alejandro Fernández
  6. Qué Lástima  - Alejandro Fernández
  7. Tengo Ganas  - Alejandro Fernández
  8. Se Va  - Alejandro Fernández
  9. Lo Que Pudo Ser  - Alejandro Fernández
  10. Me Iré  - Alejandro Fernández
  11. Dame un Minuto  - Alejandro Fernández
  12. Muy Lejos de Ti  - Alejandro Fernández
  13. [Untitled Track]  - Alejandro Fernández

Disc 2

  1. Me Dedique a Perderte  - Alejandro Fernández
  2. Alejandro - De Gira  - Alejandro Fernández
  3. Cronologia  - Alejandro Fernández
  4. Luchare Por Tu Amor  - Alejandro Fernández

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alejandro Fernández   Primary Artist,Vocals
Manny López   Acoustic Guitar
Novi Novag   Viola
Wendy Pederson   Choir, Chorus
Dana Teboe   Trombone,Trumpet
Jason Carder   Trumpet
Beto Dominguez   Percussion
Alfredo Oliva   Concertina,Concert Comedienne
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Kike Santander   Acoustic Guitar,spanish guitar
Pancho Ruiz   Electric Bass
Milton Salcedo   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Aureo Baqueiro   Percussion,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Ramiro Teran   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Marco Antonio Santiago   Guitarron
Rodrigo Cárdenas   Bass
Vicky Echeverri   Choir, Chorus
Fernando de Santiago   Vihuela
Francisco Carlos   Requinto
Miami Symphonic Strings   Strings
Daniel Betancourt   Keyboards
Pepe Damián   Drums
Daniel Ortega   Electric Guitar
Luis "El Potro" Contreras   Acoustic Guitar
Hector Infanzon   Piano
Marco Aurelio Sanchez   Guitarron,Vihuela
Jose Hernandez Mariachi   Trumpet
Gabriel Ramos   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   String Arrangements
Novi Novag   String Arrangements
Gian Marco   Composer
Richie Perez   Engineer
Don C. Tyler   Mastering
Bernardo Ossa   Composer
Kike Santander   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Wind Arrangements,Audio Production
Luis Gil   Drum Engineering
Milton Salcedo   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Wind Arrangements
Aureo Baqueiro   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Art Direction
Juan Jose Virviescas   Engineer
Freddie Sandoval   Engineer
Ramiro Teran   Engineer
José Antonio Molina   String Arrangements
Raúl Ornelas   Composer
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Pablo Arraya   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Reyli Barba   Composer
Esteban Aristizabal   Vocal Engineer
Daniel Betancourt   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Paul Forat   Art Direction
Luis Carlos Monroy   Composer
Marco Moreno   Pro-Tools
Christian Leuzzi   Composer

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