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Rodrigo Y Gabriela CD Review

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela – 9 Songs 42.8 minutes (2006)

This self-titled album showcases just how musically gifted Rodrigo and Gabriela are. From a technical point of view, they are both accomplished, while at the same time exhibiting a playful approach to the instrument.

Most tracks appear to have a Latin or Hispanic feel while still rumbling with rock energy, as revealed on the finger numbing “Tamacun” and the highly percussive “Diablo Rojo.” However, the best tracks on this explosive RODRIGO Y GABRIELA CD, are the covers of Metallica’s “Orion” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” which both honor the rock originals. Both tunes resonate with impressive and added accompaniments.  Rod and Gab self describe themselves as heavy metal guitar players that play acoustic.

 

11:11 – 11 Songs 45.7 minutes (2009)

11:11, hits the listener cold in the face, from the opening notes. The sound of this record is different from the first.  It is immediate, forceful, yet with clean and clear notes.  Their in-your-face guitar work is both compelling and impossible to ignore. 11:11 features 11 brand new compositions, dedicated to 11 different musical artists who have had an influence on the duo. This compilation was self-produced and recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico. Ixtapa is a track on their first CD.  This CD is different in the fact that Rod and Gab showcase their metal skills as part of their Mexican guitar heritage and upbringing. On this CD they don’t just blend the two (metal and acoustic), but have created an entirely different form of music for the acoustic guitar. This CD is contagious and easily reached, full of suffering, passion, and obsession.  My favorite tunes on this CD are “Buster Voodoo,” “Logos,” “Hora Zero,” and “Chac Mool.”  But truly there are no bad tunes on this CD.

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