Viento a Favor [CD/DVD]

Viento a Favor [CD/DVD]

by Alejandro Fernández

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Viento a Favor, the first studio album by Alejandro Fernández in three years, is in several ways a continuation of the modern Latin pop style showcased on his previous effort, A Corazón Abierto (2004). Though producer/songwriter Kike Santander is nowhere to be found on Viento a Favor, his co-producer on A Corazón


Viento a Favor, the first studio album by Alejandro Fernández in three years, is in several ways a continuation of the modern Latin pop style showcased on his previous effort, A Corazón Abierto (2004). Though producer/songwriter Kike Santander is nowhere to be found on Viento a Favor, his co-producer on A Corazón Abierto, Aureo Baqueiro, is once again at the helm. Not only does he produce the album, giving it a modern touch that is both vibrant and dynamic; he also earns a couple songwriting credits. Also collaborating with Fernández once again are songwriters Leonel García (of the Latin pop duo Sin Bandera), Gian Marco, and Jaime Flores; each was responsible for one of the three standout hits on A Corazón Abierto: "Me Dediqué a Perderte" (García), "Canta Corazón" (Marco), and "Qué Lástima" (Flores). Singer/songwriter Reyli Barba (aka Reyli, formerly of the band Elefante) also collaborates with Fernández again, contributing two songs this time, including "Amor Gitano," a duet with Beyoncé co-written with Flores. If that weren't enough production and songwriting talent on hand, Fernández also recruited the songwriting abilities of García's groupmate in Sin Bandera, Noel Schajris (who contributed the song "Solitario y Solo"), and up-and-coming Columbian singer/songwriter Fonseca ("Eres"). So, like its predecessor, Viento a Favor is studded with some of the best Latin pop production and songwriting talent of its time. This is most evident on the album-opening lead single, "Te Voy a Perder," an emotionally moving break-up song, as well as the follow-up single, "No Se Me Hace Fácil," another emotional song about love gone bad, this one decked out in multi-tracked vocals, soaring strings, hard-hitting drums, and even an electric guitar solo toward the end of the song. As for Fernández himself, he sounds engaged throughout Viento a Favor, putting his heart into the songs and singing with true emotion. If sometimes he sounds like one of the numerous hired hands involved with the making of an album this extravagant, that's simply the consequence of crafting a blockbuster pop album such as this. Those who prefer the more stripped-down, intimate ranchera efforts of Fernández such as Niña Amada Mía (2003) may be disappointed with the level of popcraft showcased throughout Viento a Favor, which, like A Corazón Abierto before it, is intended for a mainstream audience. But for those who enjoy Fernández's mainstream efforts, there's plenty to enjoy here on this well-crafted album, surely one of his best pop efforts to date. [The CD/DVD edition adds several videos, including those for the hit singles "Te Voy a Perder" and "No Se Me Hace Fácil."]

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Sony U.S. Latin

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Performance Credits

Alejandro Fernández   Primary Artist
Gustavo Borner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mezcla
Luis Conte   Percussion,Guest Appearance
John Gilutin   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Leyla Hoyle   Coros,Guest Appearance
Abraham Laboriel   Bajo Sexto,Guest Appearance
Peter Mokran   Mezcla
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Kelly Rucker   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Lito Vitale   Piano,Guest Appearance
Enrique Gonzalez   Bateria,Guest Appearance
Aureo Baqueiro   Piano,Keyboards,Bateria,Coros,Vocal Director,Guest Appearance
Gisa Vatcky   Coros,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Zambrano   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Fernando de Santiago   Vihuela,Guest Appearance
Noel Schajris   Piano,Guest Appearance
Marco Moreno   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Evette Sanchez   Vestuario
Jorge Enrique Estrada Aguirre   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Isidro Martinez Villanueva   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Roger Silvester   Coros,Guest Appearance
Baltazar Urrutia Rayas   Violin,Guest Appearance
Ramon Garcia Ramirez   Violin,Guest Appearance
Edmundo Perez Preciado   Bajo Sexto,Guest Appearance
Francisco Gutierrez Ortega   Violin,Guest Appearance
Giovanni Yacob Figueroa Moguel   Bateria,Guest Appearance
Esteban Rivera Martinez   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Bernardo Garcia Martinez   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Juan Garcia Lopez   Violin,Guest Appearance
David Garcia Lopez   Violin,Guest Appearance
Gary Flores Chala   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Luis "Potro" Contreras   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jose Eduardo Avila Costa   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Alfredo Guzman Delgado   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Jorge Guzman Delgado   Violin,Guest Appearance
Martin Guzman Delgado   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Osbaldo Guzman Delgado   Guitarron,Guest Appearance
Ramirez Hudson   Coros,Guest Appearance
Kim Hiunsoo   Peinado
Ofelia Dominguez Guzman   Coros,Guest Appearance
Jesus Padilla Gutierrez   Vihuela,Guest Appearance
GMT Orchestra   Cuerda,Guest Appearance
Ruben Toscano Estrada   Coros,Guest Appearance
Cynthya Snell Fernandez   Coros,Guest Appearance
Luis "El Potro" Contreras   Acoustic Guitar
Francisco Lelo De La Rea   Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   Arranger
Claudia Brant   Composer
Gustavo Borner   Engineer
Aureo Baqueiro   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Ruy Folguera   Arranger
Diego Alvarez   Executive Producer,Direction
Raúl Ornelas   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
Leonel García   Composer
Juan Pablo Fallucca   Engineer
Reyli Barba   Composer
Marco Moreno   Engineer
Joseph Greco   Pro-Tools
Eduardo Sandoval Tapia   Engineer
Sergio Sato   Producer
Jesus Heraclio Bernal Rivera   Engineer
Jason Tregoe Newman   Pro-Tools
Luis "Potro" Contreras   Arranger
Matias Haglund   Producer
Antonio Gennaro   Post Mastering

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