I was lucky enough to see these two when they were starting out, opening in a near-empty nightclub in Dublin, and busking on Dublin's streets. I was blown away by the skill and the heart they demonstrated in their playing, and rememember thinking how unjust it was and how under-appreciated these fantastic muscians were. It gives me such hope that through sheer peserverance and hard work these guys have worked themselves up from obscurity to deserved recognition, and also at how they have kept their warmth, sense of fun, and excitement in their playing.
I don't think that this album does justice to their staggering live perfomances, but I strongly recommend anyone buy it, (in particular if you are a guitarist yourself). It will be enough to convince you to see them live if you get the chance.
If a new listener, Diem will probably capture you first, as it is quite easy to catch the hooks. But every track deserves its place on this album, with the instrumentation and skill up to top knotch these Mexicans are truly blessed with fast fingers. Of course half the compositons are based around Metallica's well balanced riffs, yet it's what the two guitarists take from that band to make their own is the key factor. I have heard Rodrigo and Gabriela play Wish You Were Here, Stairway to Heaven, One, Orion etc, yet how they turn these songs to their style is amazing. Sangre y Ritmo is infected with superbly mixed chords, while Foc is their trademark track; featuring frenetic and fast guitar playing - described by the pair as "crazy." Even if you listen to this album and say "It's too Spanish," give it another while to grow on you and make you realise that really, there is no genre available yet to describe the music. It isn't Spanish, it isn't flamenco, it isn't rock, it isn't jazz, it isn't post anything, and it hasn't been done before. They also can't read muisc! And I've seen them 4 times!
Why have you not already bought this cd? OK you're looking to see how good the reviews are, stop wasting time and buy it NOW. These two young people are simply stunning, and if you have ever suffered from the slightest amount of pain in your fingers, watch Gabriela's masterclass on youtube! It'll make you wince.
This has to be the worst music ever to put on when your trying to concentrate on something else! as soon as it starts i sit back, stare out the window, and listen in awe to two amazing musicians. I only come around again at the end of the song and think "dammit not again! I'll never get this work done." in other words amazing, buy it. in fact buy all their cds!
Really fascinating mix of influences played on acoustic guitars..some flamenco, jazz, metal all mixed into a very listenable album. Only problem is - can't tell who is Rodrigo and who is Gabriela! They should have mixed it so each person's role is clearer or their guitars sounded more different. But overall, excellent!
They have never been off my most played list since I heard Stairway to Heaven on world music selection on long haul. This is only my second album but I chose carefully. Not too samey and different enough to confirm them as unique masters of their style.
A lot more laid back than the likes of 11 : 11 but it shows how versatile there music is & how talented they are as musicians , undoubtedly the best acoustic guitar players that you are ever likely to hear ! You will not disappointed when you purchase any of there cds .
If you like Spanish culture and music this album is superb! An amazing collection of talented acoustic guitar, some played at incredible pace. One of my all time favourite albums of my life! Put the CD on and open a bottle of Rioja Gran Reserva and relax!