Rodrigo Y Gabriela

November 14, 2006

Natives of Mexico who eventually set up shop in Dublin, Ireland, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero manage to roll the spirit and fire of Latin folk music, metal, flamenco—and anything else they want—into an oeuvre that is enlightening, refreshing, and inspiring as all hell. Produced by John Leckie (XTC, Radiohead, the Stone Roses), Rodrigo y Gabriela shows that Sanchez and Quintero are world-class guitarists with chops and musicality to burn, and their surreal interplay and startling dynamics are breathtaking. Their versions of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Metallica’s “Orion” are done with the utmost taste—and without kitschy irony—while the rest of the album’s nine cuts show that the acoustic duo will not be hemmed in by genre classifications. (ATO.)
—Darrin Fox

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