Banda Limonense

Corridos de Lujo, Vol. 2

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This album of banda, essentially a form of Mexican cowboy polka tied (at least historically) closely to the drug trafficking culture, was a nominee for best banda album in the 2001 Latin Grammies. Corridos de Lujo, Vol. 2 is energetic brass band stuff, loaded with 14 musicians and a pair of vocalists. Of those 14 musicians, one or two aren't brass players. The music has a big sound, with trumpets blaring continuously and some backing from a tuba or two providing the oompah sound that stands as the beat for banda (along with the occasional bass drum hit). This is the sound of Mexican migrant workers and northwestern Mexican farmers and drug cultivators. It's somewhat stereotypical, but enjoyable in its own right nonetheless. Pick it up for a generally nice listen, but don't be too shocked at the lyrical content.

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