Fonovisa's CRONICA DE DOS GRANDES: RECUERDOS CON AMOR is an enjoyable mixed-bag sampler of tunes by two eminent bands on the Mexican pop scene--Bronco and Los Bukis. Both groups traffic in the sweeping, romantic style associated with commercial Mexican pop, with a slick production sense and arrangements centered around keyboards. Occasionally both bands dip into traditional Norteno, such as on Bronco's bouncy, accordion-driven "Amigo Con Derecho No" or the winding, mariachi-styled "Tu Ingratitud" by Los Bukis.
For the most part, though, the music on CRONICA is oriented toward contemporary ballads, with plenty of singing wrenched straight from the bottom of a broken heart. Soft, swaying rhythm tracks and swelling strings anchor Bronco's minor-key "Que No Me Olvide" and Los Bukis' "Se Mi Recuerdas," and keep most of the cuts here firmly in the adult-contemporary vein. Nearly every song builds to a dramatic, passionate chorus about romantic yearning, heartbreak, and loss, making the entirety of RECUERDOS CON AMOR perfectly suited to singing along with sympathetic friends while crying in one's tequila.