Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

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The Dublin-by-way-of-Mexico street musicians Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have found in their adopted home an unlikely stardom, one that's spreading throughout Europe. The young acoustic guitarists came up through Mexico's thrash metal scene, eventually giving up on a life of part-time rock 'n' roll for a bohemian lifestyle abroad. Self-taught but blazing on

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The Dublin-by-way-of-Mexico street musicians Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have found in their adopted home an unlikely stardom, one that's spreading throughout Europe. The young acoustic guitarists came up through Mexico's thrash metal scene, eventually giving up on a life of part-time rock 'n' roll for a bohemian lifestyle abroad. Self-taught but blazing on their classical guitars, the pair bring hyperactive percussive styles to melodic picking that draws comparison to folks like John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, and flamenco popsters from Estebán to Stunz and Farah. The duo's Latin roots and acoustic axes make for easy flamenco comparisons, actually, but that's not really what they do at all. As evidence of their hard-rock bona fides, they've recorded versions of "Stairway to Heaven" and Metallica's "Orion," and they leaven songs such as "Juan Loco" with Slayer-style pentatonic shredding. Nor is this Wayne's World -- "Ixtapa," another original, features violinist Roby Lakatos in a Gypsy-styled hoedown. Holding it together are the duo's contagious energy, dry Mexican wit, and furiously fleet fingers.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While Rodrigo y Gabriela's self-titled third album is an utter and complete joy to listen to -- actually, it's more of a riotous celebration -- it's more than difficult to describe exactly what they do. This Mexican guitar duo met while in a heavy metal outfit together and soon found the local scene wanting. Both had roots in flamenco and other folk and rock music; they dropped the electric guitars -- and bandmates -- to travel light. They headed off to Europe, and ended up busking in Ireland, where their renown spread as instrumentalists who had to be seen to be believed. They re-recorded an album, toured the U.K. with everyone from David Gray to the Buena Vista Social Club, and then cut a live disc in Dublin and Manchester. That was the story until they hooked up with producer John Leckie. He was able to help them record a studio album that captured the sheer orgiastic excitement of their live gigs, hence this self-titled puppy that debuted in the Irish charts at number one. Uh-huh. It's true that Ireland's not a big place, but when, when, have you ever heard of an instrumental recording by a Mexican duo hitting the number one spot in such a place? What's more, the disc has a buzz on Yank shores as well and with good reason. These nine cuts have nothing to do with nuevo flamenco or any of that new agey stuff: this is smoke and fire music, it burns across genres and traditions like a demented passion spirit that takes no prisoners--and we can thank the gods for heavy metal in this instance at least. This set slashes like a stiletto; it's fine and precise; it leaves no scars. The dynamic range of this music is startling. It is both ancient and futuristic, carnally frenetic and romantically seductive, artfully -- and even spiritually -- played yet drenched in the vulgarity of street life. It is the work of two young masters who are still striving to learn and incorporate more without sacrificing beauty, pathos, and tradition. On "Ixtapa" they utilize rock & roll dynamics to perform a song about the place they decided to flee from Mexico City to before leaving for Europe. Roby Lakatos, the incredible violinist, joins the duo here (he's a fan and offered his services). Take in "Diablo Rojo," or "Satori," where metal chops, flamenco, and tango music become entwined in a musical ménage à trois. There are no gimmicks in this music, it's exactly what you hear in the immediate present that somehow comes out of the Latin historical past, is infected by rock & roll and forwards the secret histories of both. Informed by this, listen closely to the pair's covers of Metallica's "Orion" and, more importantly, the song that would be easiest to dismiss -- a reading of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" that takes the apporporiate liberties and makes them both sound fresh and new. In encountering this record, all doubt and cynicism should removed; what is happening here is that the canon for the acoustic, classical guitar is being rewritten. This music is the sound of passion as interpreted by and spoken for in a new rock & roll language. [Initial copies of the CD also come with an enclosed DVD so you can see the magic as well as hear it.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882155728
catalogNumber:
21557
Rank:
24871

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Rodrigo y Gabriela 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I definately recommend this cd. You have to see them live to truly appreciate how complex the music is. Even though it's just two acoustic guitars, they produce an entire wave of sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend recently saw them in NYC. Even though I've never seen them live, my friend made me watch their DVD and I've been hooked ever since. I was so wowed by their music that I've been telling all my friends and family about them. They rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw them a couple years ago in london and have one of their previous cds and I purchased this one shortly after Christmas. This is thier best yet! I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having to listen to the same music at my job every day can be a little annoying, but whenever we get to listen to this CD I wish it wouldn't stop. It's upbeat, and beautiful and amazing. Just listening to it makes you want to dance and air guitar your way through the day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend turned me on to this album. Wow! These guys are great guitar players. The album sounds like there is a huge concussion section and there is only the 2 of them. I play it when I am doing boring work at work and it keeps me motivated. I play it in the garden and it keeps me pulling weeds at a fast clip! More! More! More from these 2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great instrumental rendition of the original rock classic! Every song on their album is heavenly tropical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the finest and the best instrumental music I've heard!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is the stuff of musical legends! Words cannot express how truly moving and inspiring this music is. Bravo! Y otra, otra...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing cd inspiring, truly a classic.
mosaic_heart More than 1 year ago
Rodrigo y Gabriela has blistering arrangements on each song and you can only be amazed listening to the entire CD. Their guitar playing compliments one another perfectly. Check out the DVD too. The Stairway to Heaven cover is a passionate escape. The song leads with a caress, flourishes to a pinnacle and receeds to an afterglow showcasing a beautifully arranged beginning, middle, and end. Stairway to Heaven is such as well known classic that this instrumental piece will probably end up playing in the background of the Olympics for a gymnastics floor exercise, ice dancing or pairs skating routine, or some similar competition before too long. I'm not sure if that will please their fans or Rodrigo y Gabriela however it will introduce more listeners to their music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was overwhelmed by this offering. It is infused with their unending talents. Upon hearing 'Rojo Diablo', I committed to purchase. It is an outstanding body of work, and belongs in any music afficionados collection. Each musician offers their own signature to the work. They are accomplished guitarists, as well as musicians. Their music is fresh and uniquely their own. I have purchased several of this particular CD to give as gifts to many people who were not aware of them. I look forward to hearing more of their joint efforts.
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