Cristian Castro

El Indomable

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Cristian Castro is a Mexican TV/pop institution, so it is perhaps inevitable that he would eventually tackle the country's musical grassroots institution. Ranchera is such a resilient genre that it resists debasement from the most incompetent of interpreters; it sounds good even when non-singers try to sing it, and it's positively transcendent when great interpretive singers perform it. Castro is, of course, somewhere in between, but even if this is a calculation to increase his sales among that segment of the market that can't stand his paint-by-numbers romantic ballads, it still manages to be listenable, and even enjoyable. The title is slightly ironic since Vicente Fernandez's production crew and voice are all over this. Was the title a playful reference to Fernandez, who undoubtedly deserves it, or to Castro himself, who actually rises to the challenge of sounding manly?

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