Rodrigo y Gabriela
11:11


4.5
superb

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by Alien Six USER (2 Reviews)
September 19th, 2009 | 51 replies | 11,352 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's harder, darker edges add flair to their nearly danceable, hyperactive acoustic-latin-metal-whatchamacallit style. Rodrigo y Gabriela have perfected their sound with 11:11.

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Some people have taken issue with how to classify Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela's music. Acoustic-flamenco-progressive-latin-metal? Maybe. They certainly aren't playing flamenco, but it sure does have a similar rhythmic vibe and danceable quality. In any case, those attempts at classification are just meant to give Rodrigo y Gabriela virgins an idea of what their music sounds like. With 11:11 they expand on their unique style, bringing the album experience closer to their awesome live experience with crystal clear production. Some tastefully added studio effects and brief guest spots help round out the experience.

As with the previous albums, they aren't shy about revealing their inspirations. The album's liner notes reveal who each song is dedicated to. The list ranges from rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix to latin-jazz players such as Michel Camilo to the Hindu solar deity Shakti. One welcome change is that this time they don't honor their heroes with a single cover (as fantastic as they were on previous occasions), instead offering us eleven original tracks.

The album opens with a rocking riff and two things are immediately apparent: Gabriela's rhythm playing is as fast and as pounding as ever, and Rodrigo's leads still dance playfully from riff to riff. But now more than in their previous albums, their hard-rock/metal side breaks though with harder edged riffs and ominous melodic passages. The track Buster Voodoo is built around a riff which could have been written by Jimi Hedrix had he just had a three-way with Rodrigo and Gabriela.

They've mastered their ability to mix their heavy side with their latin-jazz style. A single song can weave in, out, and through a variety of moods and styles while still feeling cohesive. The track Hora Zero is one such example (out of many). It starts with a quirky staccato riff which playfully mocks the listener, not giving any clues as to where the song is going. About halfway through the song we hit a dark interlude aided by some wah-wah which cleverly builds back to the quirky staccato, and finally climaxes with heavy riffing.

It's no surprise that the heaviest song, Atman, is dedicated to Dimebag Darrel (from metal band Pantera). The song is introduced by its preceding track Chac Mool, a slow and somber piece which may be mourning Dimebag's tragic death. It kicks into Atman, guitars shredding to what sounds like a cross between middle-eastern melodies and eastern European folk music. If you added distorted guitars you would a have a fast paced, melt your face metal song. Actually, they do, with the inclusion of a fitting overdriven electric guitar solo by Alex Skolnik (from the influential metal band Testament).

The album's atmospheric closer, 11:11, is a great way to unwind after the whirlwind that was Atman. Both guitarists play softly and melodiously, working up to a nice chugging riff before fading away to a soft piano. As it plays its last notes I feel Rodrigo y Gabriela have finally figured out how to write a cohesive album where you can hear an undercurrent of inspiration that ties the songs together. The frequent references to Hindu culture and mythology are just a part of this through-line which weaves parts of the album together.

The album starts off strong and finishes stronger. It never lets up, finding the appropriate moments to take a breather and gather its energy. It's harder, darker edges add flair to their nearly danceable, hyperactive acoustic-latin-metal-whatchamacallit style. Rodrigo y Gabriela have perfected their sound with 11:11.


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thewretchedfew
September 23rd 2009



117 Comments


this cd shreds so much.

love it. great review btw, posd.

CelestialDust
October 2nd 2009



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just got this after hearing the epicness of buster voodoo on the late show

combustion07
October 10th 2009



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Buster Voodoo is amazing

pizzamachine
October 10th 2009



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love his self-titled album, so I'll check this out.

combustion07
October 10th 2009



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is equally good

Prophet178
October 11th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is very very good.

CelestialDust
October 13th 2009



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album

liledman
October 13th 2009



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just got it, fucking awesome. savitri is amazing. going to see them in a couple of months

Nokterne
October 22nd 2009



85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

incredible cd

Cesar
October 22nd 2009



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WTF is this, I didn't think this album was possible to create. They were pretty amazing with their self-titled and then they come up with this. My mind has been blown. Shame more people haven't listened to this because it's genius. In my top 10 of the year easy, and it has high chances of ending in my top 5.

Buster Voodoo is so good there are no words.

couch
October 27th 2009



311 Comments


these guys took me on a journey to shredville

BrandNewBoognish
October 27th 2009



1021 Comments


I can admire their abilities, but as i've said before, this is the type of music i expect to hear when i'm wearing a scarf and sipping cappucinos

Prophet178
October 27th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Starbucks sells this album as a package deal with a scarf and a cappuccino.

chocola
October 27th 2009



266 Comments


i think i saw these guys play on the streets of temple bar in dublin before they got big...

BrandNewBoognish
October 27th 2009



1021 Comments


lol Prophet. I think they live in Dublin chocola

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 27th 2009



10556 Comments


getting now, whats the best song?

Digging: Saintseneca - Dark Arc

CelestialDust
October 27th 2009



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i haven't even looked at song names while listening through this, theyre all pretty much equally awesome

Cesar
October 27th 2009



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

for me Buster Voodoo, but all is awesome

Prophet178
October 27th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

11:11 and Buster Voodoo are my favorites.

chocola
October 27th 2009



266 Comments


I think they live in Dublin chocola

yezzir



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