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Is this rock infused flamenco or flamenco infused rock? Who cares - this truly is tip-top music, played with the skill and verve of two people who understand just how capable the humble acoustic guitar can be.
Having collected the albums of Rodrigo Y Gabriela since they first burst onto the music scene, this album is by far and away the most controlled and accomplished, relying on the unbelievable rythmns set up by Gabriela to create the backdrop for Rodrigo to play the melodies over - some at truly breathtaking speeds and others in a more relaxed, almost bluesy setting.
With already over two weeks stuck in my CD player, I am still finding rythmn counterpoints that make your hair stand on end and, while it would be very easy to think that many things can be done to enhance the technical abilities of the players in the studios, just flip over to the DVD and watch these two produce live exactly what they do in the studio - magical, nothing less!
Personal favourites? Yep, every one of the 11 magnificent tracks, which can either be listened to in isolation or as a whole album - truly, what great music is all about....fully deserving the 5 star tag.
BUY!
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on 18 February 2010
i bought this after seeing the advert for it and thought i would give them a go, i had heard of them, but only heard small pieces off youtube.
needless to say i was not disappointed, the overall sound from just two guitars is rich and complex, something i wouldn't have thought possibly previously and the technicality of their playing is simply outstanding, as a 1st time listener to them i will definitely keep an eye out for any else they will do
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on 19 November 2009
Stunning album that is developing Rodrigo and Gabriela into pure artists of fusion of flamenco guitar and rock songs. This is something that has to be part of the collection, not as MP3 library but as whole album. You get DVD where they have lessons of their guitar playing, live gigs and their studios, cd with new songs that have energy of Diablo royo and artistry of Paco de Lucia playing.
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This new album from Rodrigo y Gabriela offers up another delightful slice of their frenetic and melodious guitar playing and whilst it is close enough to previous albums to please existing fans, you can also see how they have developed and grown as well. The album opener `Hanuman' is simply outstanding and they continue to doff their caps to modern musical influences with the Hendrix tribute `Buster Voodoo'. You can feel their passion and how they've grown in each track and this will get you stamping your feet along in no time. This also has a booklet with brief notes on each track which makes for interesting reading.

The bonus DVD makes this a great package for die hard fans. This has a short section where they sit and discuss their feelings on their music, performances and their success. You also get an intimate rehearsal performance (shot whilst they were in Paris) where they play 5 tracks from their new album. The part where Rodrigo grabs a glass and plays slide guitar during the track `11:11' is especially good. This has a tour of their new home studio and Rodrigo talks very briefly about the recording process. Lastly there is a tutorial clip where they teach you how to play `Buster Voodoo' and not only is it great for them to share their skill and technique with admiring guitarists, but it also shows the general fan just how skilful and adept they both are. The DVD is an excellent addition to an already awesome album and rounds things off perfectly.

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on 20 January 2010
For anyone who likes lively guitar playing which displays rhythm, and beat with a Spanish / Mexican influence will, I think, enjoy this. As far as I am concerned, the dynamics of their playing is well reproduced on this CD.

By the way the BBC screening of Rodrigo and Gabriela on New Years Eve did not do them justice - the quality of the BBC microphone arrangements for the acoustic of the studio / theatre was in my opinion diabolical, it seems to me a lazy so n so was in charge of those arrangements.
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This new album from Rodrigo y Gabriela offers up another delightful slice of their frenetic and melodious guitar playing and whilst it is close enough to previous albums to please existing fans, you can also see how they have developed and grown as well. The album opener `Hanuman' is simply outstanding and they continue to doff their caps to modern musical influences with the Hendrix tribute `Buster Voodoo'. You can feel their passion and how they've grown in each track and this will get you stamping your feet along in no time. This also has a booklet with brief notes on each track which makes for interesting reading.

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on 4 August 2014
A great album of guitar duets from the legends that are Rodrigo and Gabriela. I had previously listened to their previous self titled album which was fantastic driving music, if you're not aware of who they are chances are you've heard their music in films or tv ranging from breaking bad to match of the day.

The duets sound fiendishly difficult but with so efficiently together and each track flows into the next. We've chosen to use this album as background music at our wedding as it's easy listening but not intrusive.

A great buy.
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on 12 April 2013
first saw these guys on Jools Holland, very much recommended for a modern turn on Spanish/Hispanic guitar musci. Well worth a listen - especially at just over a fiver
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TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 17 September 2009
Sanchez and Quintero both know their way
around a fretboard. Magnificently so.

Their rock roots occasionally show through
but the style never loses its pristine shape.

By turns passionate, lyrical, fiery and wildly rhythmical
they look both forward and backward simultaneously in their
assimilation of a rich Mexican/Spanish musical heritage.

The sound palette is extremely varied throughout the project.

The deconstructed traditionalism of 'Logos' displays a strong
abilty to manipulate atmosphere. The contrast between the
electric and acoustic guitar parts is highly effective.

'Santo Domingo' is a playful staccato romp which artfully
combines strummed and percussive elements with elemental skill.

S & Q are joined by Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah (another fine
duo) on 'Master Maqui' with thrilling results.The track contains
some long improvisatory runs which are truly breathtaking.

Rock guitarist Alexander Skolnick's contribution to 'Atman' may well
have helped to raise a few blisters for all three performers.
It is a furiously paced and dramatic piece - A real roller-coaster.
The central electric guitar solo creates a fine sonic frenzy.

Final track 11:11 is a stunner. From its soft shuffling opening
bars the composition moves with considerable rhythmic and melodic
complexity towards an elusive and enigmatic piano-based conclusion.

The CD delivers a very rich and rewarding musical experience.
The accompanying DVD amply illustrates their capacity to deliver
the goods in a live performance as well.

Highly Recommended.
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on 5 February 2011
I only discovered the CD after seeing them play on television. Technically superb, with very interesting compositions. The best compliment I can give them is that I have in the past found this style of music labour intensive and 'samey' after about half an hour. This however is truly superb and highly recommended. Extremely good value with a DVD too.
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