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Album Review

The banda boom of the '90s and 2000s brought an impressive amount of diversity to the brassy Mexican style. Some banda artists have incorporated tropical music (cumbia, salsa, bachata, and meringue), some have featured rappers, some have performed banda arrangements of R&B songs, and some have used banda for traditionally ranchera purposes — which is pretty much what Jesús "El Flaco" Elizalde does on Corazón de Acero (Heart of Iron). Elizalde is not one of banda's more experimental artists; he doesn't rap, and he doesn't mix banda with reggae or hip-hop. Rather, Elizalde gets much of his inspiration from Mexico's ranchera tradition. That is not to say that Elizalde's choice of material rigidly follows what Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán were doing in the '40s and '50s; Elizalde isn't that old school, but his reverence for the ranchera tradition is certainly alive and well on tracks like "Fe Perdida" and "A la Vida." And Elizalde knows his way around a corrido; "Triple Lavado" and "El Sr. B. R." demonstrate how effective corridos can be in the presence of banda's huge wall of brass. On a technical level, Elizalde doesn't exhibit the vocal range of, say, Ezequiel Peña (one of the finest banda and mariachi singers of the '90s and 2000s), but emotionally, he gets his points across nonetheless. At the end of this 39-minute CD, Fonovisa surprises listeners with norteño mixes of three of the songs — "Quien Fuera," the melancholy "Culpable o No," and the doo wop-influenced title track — and after having heard so much brass on the ten previous tracks, those three bonus tracks sound downright minimalist. The norteño mixes are enjoyable, indicating that Elizalde's best course of action is embracing different types of regional Mexican music (including norteño and mariachi) instead of performing banda exclusively. Nonetheless, banda is the main attraction on Corazón de Acero, and Elizalde is well served by it.

Customer Reviews

Que Bueno

Que Bueno Que Agregaron Al Flaco Elizalde A itunes Porque El Es Buenisimo Y Asi Le Da La Oportunidad Alas Demas Personas De Darle una Oportunidad A Que Escuchen Su Musica

Muy buen trabajo

Como todos los elizalde otro muy buen trabajo.... Me gustaria oir mas rancheras y canciones de mas cotorreo. por ejemplo la de los pajaros. Arriba Jitonhueca y Guasave tambien.

Muy bueno

Canta bien, pero se equivocaron los de iTunes al ponerle ACERO y dice ACREO ojalá lo corrijan para que mi colección tenga todos los nombres como dios manda.


Born: January 14, 1977 in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico

Genre: Regional Mexicano

Years Active: '00s

Jesus "El Flaco" Elizalde was born January 14, 1977, in the town of Navojoa, Sonora. Sons of regional Mexican music legend Lalo "El Gallo" Elizalde, Jesus and his brother Valentin not only displayed a talent for and interest in music, but were brought up steeped in its rich traditions. Jesus did not make his debut appearance until 2001, when he shared the stage at El Teatro del Pueblo in Obregon, Sonora, with Los Tigres del Norte. Nerve-racking though it was to perform with such veterans, El Flaco...
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