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Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Area 52 (Beat Magazine, February 2012)

Following in the footsteps of their previous efforts, Area 52 is a whirlwind of energy and exotic rhythms. The difference this time around is that Rodrigo Y Gabriela made the trek over to the musical melting pot of Cuba,…

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The Making of Area 52: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Sneak Peek


Rodrigo Y Gabriela released their new album Area 52 on January 24th. The experimental album incorporates the dynamic 13-piece band C.U.B.A. on the latest record, re-visiting older Rodrigo Y Gabriela tracks to blend together a new layer of Cuban flavour into the music.

“Area 52 became a funny reference about a world we didn’t know. About a musical style you think you know, but once you are there and watch how Cubans hear, feel and play their music, really for us they were like aliens.” 

Rodrigo Sanchez explains the reasoning behind the latest album “Area 52” referencing a new alien world of musical discovery much like the notoriously secretive United States military base Area 51. 

Those interested in acoustic guitar and/or world music should consider Area 52 a must-listen. The righteous guitar play of Rodrigo and Gabriela supplemented by the world flavour of the C.U.B.A. big band creates a new musical dynamic listeners will enjoy as an audible dessert following the delicious riffs of previous RYG offerings. 

lyfstyl:

The Making of Area 52: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Sneak Peek

Rodrigo Y Gabriela released their new album Area 52 on January 24th. The experimental album incorporates the dynamic 13-piece band C.U.B.A. on the latest record, re-visiting older Rodrigo Y Gabriela tracks to blend together a new layer of Cuban flavour into the music.

“Area 52 became a funny reference about a world we didn’t know. About a musical style you think you know, but once you are there and watch how Cubans hear, feel and play their music, really for us they were like aliens.” 

Rodrigo Sanchez explains the reasoning behind the latest album “Area 52” referencing a new alien world of musical discovery much like the notoriously secretive United States military base Area 51. 

Those interested in acoustic guitar and/or world music should consider Area 52 a must-listen. The righteous guitar play of Rodrigo and Gabriela supplemented by the world flavour of the C.U.B.A. big band creates a new musical dynamic listeners will enjoy as an audible dessert following the delicious riffs of previous RYG offerings. 

The mode of assessing Area 52 is difficult. As an Afro-Cuban record, it’s solid. There are thoughtful, pithy solos sprinkled into songs, with variations of instrumentation to keep it fresh and exciting. Bassist Carles Benavent’s lively lines are the perfect counterpoint to the dual acoustic guitar attack, and the minimally invasive percussion never covers up Gabriela’s ramshackle guitar percussion. There are moments of lush orchestration and smooth lines, as well, as during the slower sections of “Diablo Rojo”. Producer Peter Asher re-recorded all of Rod’s and Gab’s guitar parts, which results in a much cleaner, more austere acoustic guitar sound than the reverb layered tracks on Rodrigo y Gabriela. But how does this new album stand as a particularly Rodrigo y Gabriela record?

“The freedom of just having an acoustic guitar and being able to go and play anywhere, that disappears as soon as you start playing venues of even 200 people. The place you have to keep that simplicity and freedom is in your head. We’re not doing this for fame or money. We have a life we enjoy, and we’re very thankful for it. We just want to take people out of their suffering for a while – to heal them and ourselves.”

- Rodrigo 

Album review of Area 52 from Paste Magazine:

Through and through the album is larger than anything Rodrigo y Gabriela has ever done, but in this case larger only means better half of the time. The charm of the band’s guitar work sometimes gets lost in the middle of C.U.B.A.’s added instrumentation. The focus shifts away from the melodies that were originally created. Even so, the departure offers something that the band had never previously done and will give fans the chance to enjoy the expansion as long as they’re willing to accept it.

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There is no doubt that Rodrigo y Gabriela are one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. Twice. They are an insane specimen of live musical performance. Their provocative, eclectic acoustic guitar playing somehow feeds off their metal roots to become an anomalous headbanging show. If you’ve…

Using some of the cream of Cuba’s young musicians, Rodrigo Y Gabriela were able to give their music a fresh new context. Ejecting themselves from the rock tradition, the pair were reinvigorated by the approach of the C.U.B.A. collective. In turn, the Havana based sessions opened new possibilities for the Cuban set. “They really, really got it” he states. “They understood and were really excited when I asked them to change rhythms. At some point even the percussionists they even started to work in a different way. They were like ‘yeah!’ They’d never done that and they would never do that in a traditional album”.