Narcos: More Music from the Netflix Original Series
Volumes 1 & 2
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The crime series, Narcos, tells the life stories of the drug kingpins of the 1980s and the combined efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on. The first season of Narcos chronicles the life of Pablo Escobar (portrayed by Wagner Moura), a drug lord who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine.
Some time ago, I reviewed the soundtrack of the television series featuring a musical score by Pedro Bromfman. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered there were to be two more albums of Narcos music. According to the music supervisor, Liza Richardson, “During season one of Narcos, we discovered a wealth of Colombian and Latin music and are excited to share it outside the context of the series. We took care to make sure the song choices were authentic to the times and characters and we hope the music connects you to the rich culture depicted in Narcos.”
Each volume of Narcos: More Music from the Netflix Original Series features twelve songs. Only one is in English – Boogie Oogie – and I believe it was included simply as a nod toward the timeframe of the series. The rest of the music is Latino. There is about half an hour music on each album and the songs feature quite a few different styles as we span the years in Pablo Escobar’s reign.
While I enjoyed listening to much of these songs, I believe that Volumes 1 & 2 of Narcos: More Music from the Netflix Original Series are a very niche sort of thing. If you are a huge fan of the music on the series, you will probably want to get your hands on all of the music you can. If you are a fan of Latino music, these albums offer a broad spectrum of older songs you probably won’t be able to find on the radio anymore, so you might want to get your hands on these albums. But if you are only a so-so fan of the series or have no real interest in Latino music, I’m fairly certain you won’t want to spend the money on the albums, especially at $15 and $13US apiece.