9 Dead Alive

April 29, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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5:16
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3:43
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Digital Booklet: 9 Dead Alive

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Label: ATO Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Rubyworks Ltd under exclusive license in North America to ATO Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 40:56
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  • ASIN: B00IONSEVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Will buy more albums from back catalogue and hope these are longer.
Charles J H Miller
They truly provide a form of music that is without equal and make it totally enjoyable to listen to time and time again.
David J. Wallace
I got the expanded CD/DVD on this one after already buying this one that only had the CD.
Salieb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Wilson on April 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I remember being both impressed and intrigued when Gabriela, during a promotion for this album, said that the goal that she and Rodrigo have always aimed for was to make one sound from two guitars. It perfectly encapsulated everything they had put forth up to that point (with the exception of C.U.B.A., but that gets a pass for being a mostly successful experiment), summing up for me why I absolutely cannot get enough of their music. The question now, then, becomes, how successful were they in realizing their goal this time around? The short answer: incredibly.

Just to be clear, I have had this album for four days now (they were selling it early at a live show in Portland, Maine which was exceptional, if you were wondering) and have listened to it extensively. Seriously. I've listened to almost nothing else. As mentioned by a previous customer, they have forgone most of the latin influence in favor of a much rock-y/blues-y-flavor, yet this is still unmistakably a Rodrigo Y Gabriela affair. Tracks range from fast-paced toe-tappers that live in your head for hours (The Soundmaker) to slow, haunting melodies that dig into your soul like few others can (Sunday Neurosis) and even an amalgamation of the two that is both refreshing and familiar at the same time (Somnium, one of my personal favorites).

A quick rundown of each individual track:

The Soundmaker: Energetic, catchy, enthusiastic. An homage to Antonio de Torres Jurado, the man who supposedly popularized the guitar in Spanish culture. The inspiration is evident.

Torito: Inspired by "animals and nature." Carries much of the aforementioned rock influence; the notes are pounding and guttural, but not unwelcome. The track feels raw in the best possible way.

Sunday Neurosis: The "thought-provoker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Speir on April 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Last year Rodrigo and Gabriela floated a few trial balloons, so to speak, on their Facebook page and YouTube, preliminary experiments with the music that would ultimately become this album. I have to admit I wasn't especially impressed. To my ears these tunes sounded a little hackneyed, like I'd heard them before. Later on they mentioned their modus operandi for the new release. Unlike most of their earlier works, there would be no Latin flavor. I've always liked the Latin seasoning they sprinkle on.

It would be all rock, they said. And yet they're known for how eclectic their music is. While they don't actually play classical (I wish they'd change their minds about that), they are obviously inspired by it. Then again, there might be heavy metal, jazz, or anything else -- anything at all -- thrown in. Amazingly, they're able to stitch together these disparate genres and styles in such a way that the result doesn't come out sounding like some kind of musical Frankenstein's monster. It's always seamless and natural; it sounds inevitable.

But the way they were talking suggested that 9 Dead Alive would be such a departure from their past efforts that I was worried....

Oh, my! What a mistake it was to worry!

I remember a quote from Rachmaninoff, one I can't place right now, to the effect that he took it as flattering when people told him a new piece he'd written sounded familiar. It wasn't really that they'd heard it before like they thought, it was that the music reached deep down and connected with something within themselves that they recognized. And that was exactly what the great Russian ex-pat wanted to achieve with his music.

Yes, 9 Dead Alive is pretty "rocky" for the most part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susanne in Tucson on April 29, 2014
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Just got my CD shipped this afternoon and have listened to it 3 times already. Without going in to too much detail, I love it every bit as much as their first few albums (Cuba -not so much). The complexity and execution continue to amaze me. The poetic aspect of each song relating to someone meaningful from history provides and interesting "libretto" to the music. My favorite track is the last - and shortest, with very interesting medieval sounds integrated with modern. I can't wait to add these tracks to my playlists.

My only disappointment is that the CD booklet text is incredibly difficult to read with very small faded black type against dark red. However, the album art is beautiful. If you love Rod y Gab, you don't want to miss this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Byudzai on August 3, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Love G&R but something's missing in this album. 11:11 is bold, athletic, original, and keeps you guessing and entranced the whole way through -- I literally have listened to that album more than any other in my whole life. This album is more personal, perhaps, but less universal and there are parts that make me want to skip to the next track, just because I'm not interested in going on their journey with them. It is, as stated, also shorter. Makes me worry that their collaboration isn't as healthy as it used to be, and they kind of limped along until the label made them put out something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jp on May 15, 2014
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I am not usually a fan of guitar music but the NPR story just caught my imagination. Such a cool album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Durham Kyle on May 14, 2014
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I am just blown away by Rodrigo y Gabriela - they are the finest guitar players today!!!

I can't wait to hear more.
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