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Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive Album Review


It's perhaps no surprise that in reviewing '9 Dead Alive', Ultimate Guitar Archive gives the Mexican duo Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriel Quintero's first release in five years a glowing 9.7 out of 10. This is the kind of record, after all, that will have technicians positively weeping at the pair's virtuosity; UGA probably has all the tabs for erstwhile Flamenco buffs to try this at home, but it's likely that they'll end up with bleeding fingers and a splitting headache.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive Album Review

Rodrigo y Gabriela's back story is an interesting one, taking them from playing heavy metal in their home country to busking on the pavements of Dublin before doing a turn in front of Barack Obama. If that's unorthodox then (for them) '9 Dead Alive' is not, following a groove in which they've managed to carve out a president enticing niche, making them fairly big in Belgium as a result. Each of the tracks is themed around a person from the twentieth century (example - opener 'The Soundmaker' is dedicated/inspired by Antonio De Torres Jurado, the father of the modern acoustic guitar) although any references to them are, as you would imagine, on record consisting entirely of instrumentals, highly oblique.

In the wrong hands, this concept could end up being rendered as lift music, but Sanchez and Quintero are experienced enough to know how to blend the intricate traditional shades of this type of music with a powerfully sensual undercurrent. Only on 'Megalopolis' is the listener handed something which could be regarded as genuinely picturesque and delicate, whilst 'Somnium' by contrast bursts with pent up energy and a riffing mid-section that could, if electrified, almost pass for prog metal. 

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela Busk On Grafton Street

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela bring Grafton Street to a standstill with an impromptu performance ahead of playing the National Concert Hall tonight (24Jun14) - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 24th June 2014

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela Announce New Album '9 Dead Alive' Released 28th April 2014

Posted on 17 January 2014

Rodrigo Y Gabriela Announce New Album '9 Dead Alive' Released 28th April 2014

The North Sea Jazz Festival - Day 2

Rodrigo y Gabriela Saturday 7th July 2012 The North Sea Jazz Festival - Day 2

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7th Annual Focus For Change Benefit Dinner And Concert At The Roseland Ballroom For WITNESS - Concert

Rodrigo y Gabriela Thursday 10th November 2011 7th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert at the Roseland Ballroom for WITNESS - Concert New York City, USA

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Live in France Album Review


I've been playing the guitar for nearly ten years now. When I started out, I was awful, but I put up with it for a few years until I was at a passable standard, and now I consider myself to be fairly good. Well, I mean, I can play more than chords and stuff. But, every now and then, I come across people like Rodrigo y Gabriela, and it makes me feel like a complete beginner again.

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Performing On The Deer Park Stage Of The Big Chill Festival At Eastnor Castle Deer Park - Day Three

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Sunday 7th August 2011 at The Big Chill Herefordshire, England

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela Perform On Day 4 Of Latitude Festival

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Sunday 18th July 2010 at Latitude Festival Suffolk, England

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11 Album Review


Review of Rodrigo y Gabriela's album 11:11

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Live In Japan Album Review


Review for Rodrigo y Gabriela's album 'Live In Japan'.

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