In 1994, Magneto released the album Tu Libertad featuring new member, Tono Beltranena, but is it really Magneto or is it Alan and Friends. The dynamic of the band severely changed with the release of this album but we all saw it coming.
Since day one, the Mexican boyband has had a problem keeping members. After the first album, we had an entirely new group. The band saw some minor success in 1986-1987 with the song, “Tremendo” (Tremendous) but they had another major change in band members. In 1989, Elias and Mauri welcomed Alex, Alan, and Charlie to the band. 40 Grados (40 Degrees Celsius) was released and success hit them hard.
The band members shared credits on lead vocals. With the next album, Vuela, Vuela (Fly Fly) the sharing was lessened with Alan having more of the hit songs. The same thing happened with the album, Mas (More). Charlie leaves the band, Tono enters, and Alan runs the show. With Tu Libertad, Alan becomes the frontman of the vocal dance group and everyone else is eye candy.
The album keeps the same Magneto sound that everyone likes. High energy pop songs mixed in with romantic ballads. It is the perfect pop album. Tu Libertad features a cover of the boyband, Take That song, Give Good Feeling. “Siempre Cerce De Ti” (Always Close To You) was written by Take That member, Gary Barlow. Below is the audio from a YouTube video of the original version:
This isn’t the only cover on the album. “Solo Necesito Amor” (I Only Need Love) was originally released by Tavares as the song, “It Only Takes A Minute.” And “Yo Seré De Ti” (I Will Be From You) is a cover of the popular Air Supply song, “Every Woman In The World”. Years ago, before I started really learning about the music I listen to, I would have thought those were original songs for Magneto.
With Alan taking lead on each song, it might have been the reason for the downfall of Magneto. The band said good-bye with a farewell tour in 1995 and thus ends Magneto how we knew it. The Magneto history does continue but for fans of the band, without Elias, Mauri, Alex, and Alan, There was no Magento. I agree.
As of writing this review, Magneto’s album Tu Libertad is not available on streaming services. You will have to find a used copy online somewhere to listen.