If you were lost at sea and a violent storm was brewing in the horizon, you would be lucky to have Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez aboard with you. His stentorian voice could probably whip those monstrous waves into submission in an instant. And if nothing else, he could surely infuse your crew with uncommon valor. Fernandez delivers his rootsy rancheras with the kind of macho bravado usually associated with Latino man cliches. The kind of outlook on life that espouses, to quote Don Vicente himself, that "women are not meant to be understood, just adored."
Fernandez is also a brilliant songwriter, as this 1996 collection, made-up exclusively of self-penned material, demonstrates. Highlights include "Pensando en Ti," a melancholy ballad of romantic despair complete with typical mariachi yelps, and the lilting "Que Bonito Despertar," a tender ode to the joys of fatherhood, where Fernandez thanks the Creator for bringing a baby daughter into his life.