Los Yonic's

Nuestras Consentidas

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Regional Mexican music has been moving in many different directions in the 21st century. There are still plenty of Mexican traditionalists playing norteño, banda, mariachi, and ranchera in a very hardcore, totally straight-ahead fashion -- and their outlook is a long way from the hyper, club-oriented techno-band style exemplified by the likes of Banda Jerez and Travieso Musical. Then there is grupero, which is essentially Latin pop with Mexican overtones -- grupero artists can incorporate elements of norteño, ranchera, or Cumbia, but their orientation is Latin pop. And that is certainly true of los Yonic's, who have been providing romantic grupero since the '80s. Over the years, los Yonic's have built a sizable catalog at Fonovisa, which is why novices and casual listeners need a best-of collection like Nuestras Consentidas. Those who are getting into los Yonic's for the first time aren't going to run out and purchase their entire catalog -- that would be a costly investment. Instead, they need a disc that concentrates on the group's more essential work, and this 20-song, 70-minute CD does exactly that. Cutting out the filler, Nuestras Consentidas zeroes in on sentimental favorites like "Rosas Blancas," "Ni Tu Amigo, Ni Tu Amante," "En la Estación," and "Porque Volví Contigo." These recordings are hardly the work of Mexican purists; no one should expect to find traditional songs like "Cielito Lindo" or "Alla en el Rancho Grande" on Nuestras Consentidas. Instead, los Yonic's specialize in what is basically Mexican adult contemporary, and this release illustrates their mastery of that approach. Of course, die-hard Yonic's fans already have most or all of the songs on this 2004 release, but for those who haven't been following the group closely, Nuestras Consentidas can be a rewarding introduction to their sleek, smooth, polished grupero.

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