Rodrigo Y Gabriela - '9 Dead Alive'
Mexican duo take inspiration from history on their first album in five years
5 / 10
Even the most stubborn reveller clinging to the last vestiges of a house party will tell you it’s time to retreat once the acoustic guitars come out. That's unless the nocturnal mariachis playing are Rodrigo Y Gabriela, the quick-fingered Mexican duo who spent their teens tirelessly practising scales for your future delectation. Since 2000 they’ve sold a quietly impressive 1.2 million records, so this first collection of new material in five years – inspired by dead historical figures from the headstrong 12th-century French duchess Eleanor Of Aquitaine onwards – promises much. For all the finger pyrotechnics, the material leaves an empty feeling as resounding as the guitar bodies they clap for rhythm. It’s all jam and no croissant, sadly.
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