RO­DRIGO Y GABRIELA 9 Dead Alive Ruby­works

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

Af­ter four al­bums, Ro­drigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quin­tero have es­tab­lished them­selves as ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­si­cal sto­ry­tellers, their skill and dex­ter­ity with gui­tars more vol­u­ble than any lyric sheet. 9 Dead Alive is in­spired by nine di­verse his­tor­i­cal fig­ures with last­ing lega­cies in their re­spec­tive fields, from Dos­toyevsky to Eleanor of Aqui­tane. Me­ga­lopo­lis is one of the most in­trigu­ing tracks, its in­tri­cate plucked in­tro bloom­ing into life with a dis­turb­ing, cin­e­matic sense of mourn­ful­ness. The pug­na­cious Rus­sian Mes­sen­ger and Fram are telling of the duo’s love of metal, while snatches of di­a­logue about god drift in and out of the min­i­mal­ist Sun­day Neu­ro­sis. Their hypnotic sense of rhythm is both propul­sive and el­e­gant through­out and, while it might sound like more of the same to some, there’s no deny­ing Ro­drigo and Gabriela’s pas­sion and panache.

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