Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

ATO Records

Two guitars. One album. No vocals. That’s it. No, this isn’t another live album from Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, this is the stunning self-titled debut album from Rodrigo y Gabriela. If you have not heard of this duo, you may be thinking to yourself that this is just another stoner jam band record that meanders for an eternity. You would be horribly wrong, you judgmental bastard. Actually the fans that these two cater to are the ones you would never think of: metalheads.

This nine-song instrumental masterpiece begins with the one-two punch of the finger-picking firestorms “Tamacun” and the lead single “Diablo Rojo.” Gabriela’s 1=3 guitar playing (she strums down with her fingers, then her thumb, then back up with her thumb and then a quick guitar slap all in one fluid motion) is like a 6-string drum kit, while Rodrigo picks the melody out around her rhythm like a snake wrapping around a tree branch. You hear the melody, but it could not survive without Gabriela’s rhythm.

So now you’re probably wondering where the metalhead reference comes into play. Two of the nine songs are remakes: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Metallica’s “Orion.” Yes, these are just as good as the originals, if not a bit better because they create the same full sound with two acoustic guitars.

But wait! There’s more! This album comes with a DVD that has three live performances, a photo gallery, and the best bonus on any CD/DVD combo ever. Rodrigo and Gabriela have a tutorial one how to play the guitar just like they do. They make it look so easy, but it’s not at all. I tried it and I’m still trying to get through the first five minutes.

Rodrigo y Gabriela is by far one of the best debut albums to come out this millennium. They have talent oozing from their fingertips (hopefully not literally, that’s just gross). Although their genre of choice is metal and they cater to fans of metal, this is an album that anybody can listen to and love.

Rodrigo y Gabriela:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Don Felder
    Don Felder

    Don Felder took music fans down Eagles’ memory lane at Disney Epcot’s® Garden Rocks Concert Series, and Michelle Wilson loved every nostalgic moment of it.

  • Alfred Sergel IV
    Alfred Sergel IV

    Alfred Sergel IVtet (The Tam Tam Group). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Tanika Charles
    Tanika Charles

    The Gumption (Record Kicks). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives