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Sunday, March 3, 2024

CD Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela


ATO Records

Rating: 5

Warning – side effects of listening to Rodrigo y Gabriela’s 11:11 may include uncontrollable foot-tapping, head-bobbing and clapping. Listen at your own risk.

Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero’s music is 100 percent unique and therefore extremely hard to classify. The duo’s signature, genre-defying sound stems from their cultural upbringing in Mexico on acoustic flamenco guitar and folk music blended with a mutual passion for hard rock and metal music. On 11:11, this gut-wrenchingly amazing hybrid is fully showcased; something pre-existing Rodrigo y Gabriela fans will find fresh and familiar while new fans will find intensely entertaining and original.

Similar to their two previous studio albums, this record is entirely instrumental. While some subtle changes in style and approach are evident – such as guitar effects to their acoustic-only music – the duo is progressing and enhancing their sound in a positive direction. Where else can you possibly hear acoustic guitars hooked up to wah-wah and delay pedals? Answer: Nowhere.

Give these tracks a listen: Hanuman, Master Maqui, Santo Domingo

For Fans Of: Strunz & Farah, Carlos Santana, Metallica

– Andrew Alberts


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