Rodrigo y Gabriela: Area 52 – review


The rise of Mexican acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela still feels like a happy anomaly. Who knew you could take over the world with heavy metal-influenced flamenco rock? By 2009's 11:11, the pair were looking to enrich their palette, and this collaboration with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra is a further attempt to push forward their sound. It's a qualified success: these nine tracks are new arrangements of old R y G compositions, and while their propulsive guitar work on "Santo Domingo" is bolstered with thrilling gusts of brass, on "Logos" dynamism gives way to loungey longueurs.


Ally Carnwath

The GuardianTramp

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