Mind-blowing guitars, but tired ideas…
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive

The fifth album from this Mexican duo is in-your-face acoustic rock guitar flamboyance, there’s no doubt about that.

The pair of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero has an extraordinary talent for gelling their influences and personal techniques to something that is seamless and exciting, full of recurring riffs, rhythms and percussive playing.

‘9 Dead Alive’ demonstrates amazing talent, then – but the ideas and theme, as a whole, are a bit samey. The basic M.O.: Sabbath meets flamenco.

When they do try something ostensibly new, like some God chat from the likes of Richard Dawkins over ‘Sunday Neurosis’, it’s doesn’t actually add anything, and doesn’t progress the duo in an original fashion. Still, that’s some mind-blowing guitar action.


Words: Gemma Hampson

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