Rodrigo y Gabriela: 9 Dead Alive
While the guitar has been around a long time, Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have shown that it still has plenty of potential. On 9 Dead Alive, their latest album on ATO Records, the duo adds nine more examples. The record starts with the irresistibly rhythmic â€śThe Soundmakerâ€ť that finds their guitars embraced in a dance that builds as the song goes on and makes you feel like youâ€™re in an exotic location. Each song is a celebration of those who came before (including Eleanor of Aquitaine and Viktor Frankl) but also a look at what their deeds and words mean in 2014. Rod and Gabâ€™s passions for human rights, literature, history and philosophy seeps through as well. The production of the album lets their guitars have full effect, with each note hitting a nerve. Each song is a journeyâ€”some that rock out and some that casually seep into faraway worlds.