Tatiana – “Vientos En Libertad” (1990)

We are stepping back in time to 1990 when I was in California and running my indie magazine, “Estrellas Del Momento”. I still remember the day like it was yesterday when the mailman rang the bell and had a huge envelope that was too big to fit in my mailbox. I looked at the return address… MEXICO! Holy cow! I got a package from Tatiana in the mail. Inside the envelope were this album, her business cards and a promotional booklet with all the pictures from this album’s photoshoot, both autographed. Yes, both of these items are still in my collection. There are just things that will never leave my hands, even 25 years later.

Tatiana had sent me a copy of her most recent album, “Vientos En Libertad” and I reviewed the album for my little magazine. Now that is something I don’t have anymore, a copy of the original review. BUT…I can still tell you that I enjoy the album today as I did then, the only difference now is that I have more appreciation for the music and the artist. Back in 1990, I was just a fangirl who still screamed at concerts; now I am listening to the album like it was the first time with headphones on trying to give you my honest opinion of the music, not how it was in 1990, but more about how well this album has held up over time.

When the album came out, this felt like Tatiana’s grown-up album. She stepped away from fun outfits that were acceptable for a teenager and was on stage telling us she was no longer a girl but a woman and the music fit her and her step up to adulthood. While it wasn’t as well-received as some of her previous albums, she still did well with it; but it was her ballads on this album that really set her apart.

“No Vuelvas A Besarme” and “Vientos En Libertad” are such strong ballads that still hold up to this date. I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you if it was 1990 or 2014 if I was listening for the first time; but when you get to the upbeat pop songs, the music has a dated feel. On this album, Tatiana covered Martika’s hit “Water” with a Spanish version called, “Quisiera”, also you can hear an early Aleks Syntek song as he wrote the music and lyrics to “Por Ultima Vez”.

I tend to think that if you listen to Tatiana in order, you can totally feel how this album fits but how you can also feel a little stand-offish after “Las Cosas Que He Visto”, but as a stand-alone album without listening to early Tatiana first, you will have a good feel for this album for those 90’s fans. The only two songs on the album that I really don’t care for are “Aire De Paz” and “El Ritmo De Tu Corazon”; but when you listen to Tatiana belt out the ballads on this album, you will forget about those two duds.

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