11 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

El Fantasma albums move fast. The mysterious norteño star has been wildly prolific since the breakout success of his 2016 debut single, “Mi 45," and Dolor y Amor —his fourth brief-but-blazing album in two years—might be his most intense, ripping through 11 riotous corridos in less than half an hour. But what’s truly amazing is how El Fantasma manages to squeeze such gripping storytelling into songs that hit the ears and feet more like runaway party anthems. Backed by rattling drums and roaring horns on highlights like “El Penguin” and “La Pajarera,” he brings both grimy crime tales and wrenching romantic vignettes to life, outshining the crackling band with his joyful shout.

EDITORS’ NOTES

El Fantasma albums move fast. The mysterious norteño star has been wildly prolific since the breakout success of his 2016 debut single, “Mi 45," and Dolor y Amor —his fourth brief-but-blazing album in two years—might be his most intense, ripping through 11 riotous corridos in less than half an hour. But what’s truly amazing is how El Fantasma manages to squeeze such gripping storytelling into songs that hit the ears and feet more like runaway party anthems. Backed by rattling drums and roaring horns on highlights like “El Penguin” and “La Pajarera,” he brings both grimy crime tales and wrenching romantic vignettes to life, outshining the crackling band with his joyful shout.

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