The very first moments of Rodrigo y Gabriela's sophomore effort, 11:11, hit the listener cold in the face, and not just because of the amazing guitar playing. Sure, it's there, but it's what anyone who heard the duo's astonishing debut would expect. No, it's the sound of the record: immediate, forceful, crystalline; it's in-your-face compelling and impossible to ignore. 11:11 features 11 new compositions, dedicated to 11 musical artists (not all guitarists, either) who have had an influence on the duo. Recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico, the set was self-produced with the exception of two cuts, which were co-produced with John Leckie. Throughout, Rodrigo y Gabriela showcase their metal chops as part and parcel of their Mexican guitar heritage. They've not simply melded the two, but have created an entirely different form of music for the acoustic guitar in the process. It's infectious and accessible, full of pathos, intensity, passion, and color.
Spin (p.86) - "11:11's most affecting moments -- the title track and `Logos' -- come when the duo's time signatures slither into a stalagmite-strewn prog-metal cave."
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have honed their dazzling virtuosity....[These are] fluid yet percussive tunes also impossibly nimble."
Paste (magazine) (p.54) - "Rodrigo Y Gabriela offer today's best exposition of the pyrotechnic, fusion-oriented edge of Spanish-style guitar-playing."