Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2009 album from the Latin guitar duo, recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico and produced by Rodrigo y Gabriela, with John Leckie co-producing one of the tracks. If their self-titled debut was a successful attempt at capturing the unbridled dynamic energy of their incendiary gigs then this album sees them developing their core sound into something more sophisticated, intricate and varied. At the heart of the sound is still the stunning interplay between Rodrigo's dazzling lead work and Gabriela's unique rhythm play; but the base soundscape is now subtly supplemented by percussion, occasional piano and a fresh arsenal of stringed instruments from around the world, including oud and sitar.
11:11 is the third studio album by Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. It was released on independent label Rubyworks around the world from 2 September to 8 September 2009. It guest stars Strunz & Farah on the song "Master Maqui" and guest star Alex Skolnick on the song "Atman." The song "Buster Voodoo" was performed by the band on The Tonight Show hosted by Conan O'Brien on Thursday, October 1, 2009 and on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. Each song on the album is a tribute to an artist that has inspired both Rodrigo and Gabriela.
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Spin (p.86) - "11:11's most affecting moments -- the title track and `Logos' -- come when the duo's time signatures slither into a stalagmite-strewn prog-metal cave."
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have honed their dazzling virtuosity....[These are] fluid yet percussive tunes also impossibly nimble."
Paste (magazine) (p.54) - "Rodrigo Y Gabriela offer today's best exposition of the pyrotechnic, fusion-oriented edge of Spanish-style guitar-playing."
Personnel: Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah (acoustic guitar); Alex Skolnick (electric guitar).
Audio Mixer: Colin Richardson.
Recording information: Lumbini Studios, Mexico.
Arranger: Rodrigo y Gabriela.
The very first moments of Rodrigo y Gabriela's sophomore effort, 11:11, hit the listener cold in the face, and not just because of the amazing guitar playing. Sure, it's there, but it's what anyone who heard the duo's astonishing debut would expect. No, it's the sound of the record: immediate, forceful, crystalline; it's in-your-face compelling and impossible to ignore. 11:11 features 11 new compositions, dedicated to 11 musical artists (not all guitarists, either) who have had an influence on the duo. Recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico, the set was self-produced with the exception of two cuts, which were co-produced with John Leckie. Throughout, Rodrigo y Gabriela showcase their metal chops as part and parcel of their Mexican guitar heritage. They've not simply melded the two, but have created an entirely different form of music for the acoustic guitar in the process. It's infectious and accessible, full of pathos, intensity, passion, and color.
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