Rodrigo y Gabriela
Rodrigo y Gabriela



by NocteDominum USER (200 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2011 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From metal bands to sweet, warm acoustic guitars. Definitely something different for every listener.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela makes quite an impressive, guitar wielding duo. From their origins in Mexico and their early heavy metal influences, the flamenco song writing style creates quite an effect on the listener. Rodrigo Y Gabriela may at first be a lot for the listener to take in, there is definitely a lot to listen for, but once the listener is in their on a roller coaster ride that they will never want to get off. Listeners will become captivated by the at times fast lead work of one Rodrigo Sanchez with his creative use of many guitar techniques, while the other half of the listeners’ brain will be focusing on the rhythm section of Gabriela Quintero where there are a lot of rhythm slaps and acoustic chugs whilst maintaining the main chording of songs.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela for some part may have been brought to the attention of the listener through their rock and metal covers. These well known bands Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven and the highly influential Metallica instrumental Orion give many basis for influence of many bands across the globe, however Rodrigo Y Gabriela have used these tracks in such a fashion to include their own style and not simply copy another bands songs. Being an instrumental group some listeners may first think that Rodrigo Y Gabriela are missing something, however they can rest assured that they are not. There is a lot going on, on each and every track there are great displays of rhythmic and melodic technical ability and it may take a few listens of every track for listeners to understand the creative layers of the Rodrigo Y Gabriela outfit. The lead work more often than not makes up for the lack of vocals and some more, while the rhythm work adds a very solid backbone filling the roles of not only the rhythm guitar but also of the bassist and percussionist.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela mixed their talents so well to create a high standard of music that brings the listener in melodically trapping them in a web of flamenco styled masterpieces. Right from the opening track “Tamacun” listeners will start to feel many things at once, with the melodic leads being brought to the fore front of the listeners mind. The riffs are hard hitting ( as much as they can with an acoustic guitar) and the melody work will make the beginning guitarists put down their instruments in a manner that shows they will never play to this standard, while the solo work is of particular notice and will ensure a level of replay ability.

A main highlight of Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s album includes the second track. Displaying great levels of technicality combined with a jumpy, moderately fast beat creates the perfect mood for listeners who want to tap along with the music. The lead work is fast, melodic and slightly minor, while the rhythm includes various levels of highly tasteful rhythmic slaps, the advanced triplet patterns used by Gabriela show great technical skill, and overall makes this a highly enjoyable track on the album.

Overall Rodrigo Y Gabriela presents a highly tasteful and highly enjoyable album to its listeners. Most will find something (if not many) elements they will enjoy. Musicians will appreciate the technicality and musicianship shown on the album whilst listeners of other genres may enjoy something different in the form of Rodrigo Y Gabriela.

Highlighted Tracks: Tamacun, Satori, Diablo Rojo, and The cover Tracks.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
March 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

This review is a bit out of the usual for me, sorry if i didn't do it justice. In saying that constructive criticism is always welcome.

March 22nd 2011


It's a nice review except for a tad bit of repetition, especially with the words "listener" and "Rodrigo & Gabriela". It just reads a little clunky with those words popping up over and over, try and toss some synonyms in there and maybe refer to Rodrigo Y Gabriela as a group, a duo, a band, etc.

Other than that, good read. Pos-worthy for sure.

March 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

"Rodrigo Y Gabriela may at first be a lot for the listener to take in, there is definitely a lot to listen for, but once the listener is in their on a roller coaster ride that they will never want to get off."

This sentence seams a tad clumsy to me but I may not be reading it right.

Other than that It's a nice read that I find to be entirely accurate.


March 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Album is great. Ixtapa is one of the best things ever.

I prefer 11:11 though.

March 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Yes i guess that does read a bit weird. Ill see how i can fix it up.

Thanks for the pos's guys.

March 22nd 2011


these 2 are really fast players, and i've listened to some interesting stuff

good review by the way

Digging: Rob Mazurek Octet - Skull Sessions

March 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, i heard the cover tracks then decided i needed to get all their stuff.

Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011


Ask & ye shall receive.

Overall, I like your writing style Robert. Review is about the correct length & you get a fair bit of description into them.

Things you should work on are:
(a) Watch your grammar. The reason that aforementioned sentence reads clumsily is because it sould be "there" not "their".
(b) Don't repeat words too much, as I agree with the earlier comment that words pop up too often. See the way I just used "much" & "often".
(c) Sentence length. I think points (a) & (b) almost exist because of this. Re-reading through your review should tell you when a sentence is too long. Most can usually be split in half. If not, somehow edit them down.

But yeah, you've got the base of some really good reviews.

April 5th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for that, will take it into consideration.

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