Alejandro Fernandez goes back home with his latest album. Hecho En México is an 11-track LP rooted with the help of a mariachi band. With his father, the legendary Vicente Fernandez,having retired two years ago; Alejandro steps up to the plate to continue the legacy that Vicente left behind and we are so much better for having listened to it.
A beautiful ode to Mexico and his Mexican fans, Hecho En México will definitely go down in history, as one of Alejandro’s best album. I’ll admit to having a biased towards his pop music but there’s no denying that Alejandro is at his absolute best when surrounded by a mariachi band.
When listening to this album I recommend a bottle of tequila and your favorite shoulder to cry on.
The lyrics will leave you feeling nostalgic for a love lost, the melodies will remain in your head for days to come and the mariachi band will rock your broken heart to sleep. There’s something so undeniably-magical about Alejandro’s vocal notes and how he chooses to express himself. In “Decepcions” you can almost hear the tears running down his face. In his duet with his father, “Mentí”, he is passionate in his pleading. In “Caballero” his desire playfully travels through your eardrums.
Every single song feels like the perfect story, but truthfully, “For Tu Adíos” may just be my favorite song the entire album. This song will force the nostalgia out of you. The song will carry your broken heart and slowly walk you through the pain. The only thing accompanying Alejandro’s gut wrenching vocals is an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, which forces you to feel every word.
Loosely translated the song’s chorus says:
I have a need to rip my heart out
The heart that refuses to give up
I carry the perfume of your body in my blood
Not even God can help me get up or help me carry this pain
Unfortunately the album does not come without issues. Alejandro has found himself walking the fine line between romanticizing and harassing; the subject is particularly bad during one song. “Nuestro Gran Secreto” tells of an affair and though forbidden love is often a big hit, these particular lyrics have me skipping this song.
Loosely translated some of the lyrics are:
If she only knew what kind of looks I give her
If she knew that I’m dying to take that beautiful dress off of her
Then suddenly take advantage of her trust
Alejandro, in this song, suddenly creates a misogynistic and dangerous version of himself with the lyrics. He takes the unfortunate Mexican stereotype and makes an entire anthem out of it. Truly unfortunate when you put these words next to all of the others in the rest of the songs. Here’s hoping that Alejandro and all other LATINX artists steer away from romanticizing harassment.
So close to a perfect 11/11 score! Though it comes with a hiccup, Hecho En México is sure to be an iconic addition to Alejandro Fernandez’s discography. So go on, grab a bottle of tequila and give it a listen.