Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

11:11

Rubyworks Records/ ATO Records

One duo, two acoustic guitars, and an insane amount of talent have launched Rodrigo Y Gabriela into worldwide stardom. Their self-titled album slowly gained momentum from their homeland in Ireland to South Africa, Australia, Japan, and beyond. Now their latest, 11:11, is bound to give them the notoriety that they deserve here in The States.

The liner notes help put every song in perspective as each one is dedicated to the various artists that have inspired them. “Buster Voodoo” is a killer Spanish-flavored blues track dedicated to Jimi Hendrix that was so named because Hendrix was called “Buster” as a kid and in his prime he wrote “Voodoo Chile.”

“Master Maqui,” dedicated to Paco de Lucia, features guests Strunz and Farah playing like the guitars are on fire. It’s amazing.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela also add instruments other than acoustic guitars. They add piano (on the Pink Floyd-dedicated title track; “eleven pieces paying tribute to eleven artists that, somehow, inspired us along the way to play what we play on this album.”) and ukulele.

The best addition strangely is the electric guitar. Provided by Testament’s Alex Skolnick on the Dimebag Darrell-dedicated “Atman,” the three thrash out a strictly metal sound on the song that is “a Sanskrit word meaning the only deathless part of the human being.” Now that’s friggin’ metal.

As with their last album, this one comes with a DVD of live performances (six songs performed specifically for the DVD), a video biography of the duo that includes the studio and how the record was made and (my favorite) a tutorial on how to play like both Rodrigo and Gabriela. I’ve tried a couple of dozen times to play like both of them and they make it seem so effortless. It’s not. At all.

11:11 makes their self-titled album sound like a launching pad. They added just enough guests and instruments to make their instrumental sound grow even more, without losing what makes them sound so good: their acoustics. Rodrigo Y Gabriela have taken over the world. Now it’s time to take over The States.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela: www.rodgab.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.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

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

From the Archives