Area 52 (album)

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Area 52
Studio album by Rodrigo y Gabriela/C.U.B.A.
Released

23 January 2012 (Ireland)

24 January 2012 (USA)[1]
Genre Acoustic, Folk
Length 53:57
Label

Rubyworks Records (Ireland)

ATO Records (USA)[1]
Producer Rodrigo Sánchez and Peter Asher
Rodrigo y Gabriela/C.U.B.A. chronology
Live in France
(2009)
Area 52
(2012)
9 Dead Alive
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (73/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars[6]

Area 52 is a 2012 album by acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and the Cuban orchestra known as C.U.B.A. It is Rodrigo y Gabriela's fifth album overall, and their first collaboration with another group. Their aim was to 'do our music with a Cuban orchestra that plays in a very traditional way, a fusion'.[7] All the songs on this album are re-recordings of songs previously released in their previous two studio albums.[1] The duo spent 20 days recording in Cuba where 'the pianist also made the arrangements for the orchestra. We’d play along with the musicians so they could hear our energy'. Afterwards, the band overdubbed solo parts at their own studio.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Rodrigo y Gabriela.

No. Title Length
1. "Santo Domingo" (with Samuel Folmell Alfonso) 6:31
2. "Hanuman" (with John Tempesta) 5:33
3. "Ixtapa" (with Anoushka Shankar) 8:11
4. "11:11" (with Carles Benevant & Carlota Teresa Polledo Noriega) 7:30
5. "Master Maqui" (with Le Trio Joubran) 5:13
6. "Diablo Rojo"   5:09
7. "Logos"   4:46
8. "Juan Loco" (with Carlos Benavent) 4:09
9. "Tamacun" (with John Tempesta) 6:55

Personnel[edit]

Rodrigo y Gabriela
C.U.B.A.
Featured Artists
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rodrigo y Gabriela". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Area 52 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom (24 January 2012). "Area 52 - Rodrigo y Gabriela". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Jake (25 January 2012). "Album Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Deviant (24 January 2012). "Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52 (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Falcone, Jon (19 January 2012). "Rodrigo y Gabriella - Area 52". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Wondering Sound Interview", Tad Hendrickson, 'Q&A: Rodrigo y Gabriela', Wondering Sound, January 24, 2012.