Busca una Mujer
At 18, Luis Miguel released his sixth studio album, 1988’s Busca una Mujer. It’s a pivotal project in the Mexican singer’s discography, following the transition between adolescence and adulthood of an artist who had been a public figure from a very young age. With the spotlight on him, he cut off the long hair that had characterized the beginning of his career to adopt a more mature appearance. (This symbolic rite was even reenacted in the video for “La Incondicional,” one of the greatest hits from this album and his entire career.) In 1988, Spanish-language pop had a diverse landscape dotted by the synthesizers and drums that defined the decade, rock that stretched from Argentina to Spain, and big ballads. Recorded in Ibiza with producer Juan Carlos Calderón, Busca una Mujer takes it all in: the yacht rock in the title track, the sentimentality of “Fría Como el Viento,” and the forceful energy of “Separados.” In the ’90s, Luis Miguel would end up leaning towards the romantic ballad and boleros, but the beauty of Busca una Mujer lies in its open horizon and all the possibilities offered by that period and his burgeoning career. And songs such as “Por Favor, Señora” and “Soy un Perdedor” show that the melange of vulnerability, mischief, and longing for love was all there from the start.