Grandes Hits

Mexican balladeer Cristian has had a remarkable career of radio hits penned by some of Latin music's best-regarded writers.

Mexican balladeer Cristian has had a remarkable career of radio hits penned by some of Latin music's best-regarded writers. That knack for jumping from one big name to another and selecting his songs well has been a factor in Cristian's continued success. But his outstanding and emotive tenor has served his material well and has elevated some of it—"Lloran las Rosas" and "Despues de Tí . . . Qué? immediately come to mind —to the category of standards. Beyond the solo work, this collection features a series of duets—including "Ella," with José Alfredo Jiménez—that will appeal to the casual fan as well. Grandes Hits tracks Cristian's vocal and stylistic development, from straight-ahead balladeer and singer of gorgeous romantic songs to dance-influenced modernist ("Azul"). Three new tracks cap off this collection and highlight yet another Cristian facet—that of experimental/dance stylist, for whom ambience is perhaps more important than pure voice. It works well in the single, the minimalist-sounding "Cuando me Mirás Así," though we can't help going back to the unabashed romantic.—LC