Shaman Review

artist: Carlos Santana date: 11/26/2004 category: compact discs
Carlos Santana: Shaman
Released: Oct 22, 2002
Genre: Rock
Tones: Exuberant, Confident, Passionate, Freewheeling
Styles: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock, Latin Rock
Number Of Tracks: 16
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 7
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overall: 5.3
Shaman Reviewed by: JC Rea, on january 28, 2004
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Sound: As it's predecessor "Supernatural", this album features several artists, and because of that, several styles and rythms. So, this album must be regarded according to 2 categories: a) Santana band songs. - There are five in this CD: "Adouma", "Foo-Foo", "Aye, aye, aye", "Victory is won" and "Let me love you tonight" and the sound of some of this songs is a shame. I'm sad to say this because I'm one of the greatest fans of Santana in this little planet called Earth, but it's the truth. Songs like "Foo-Foo" or "Aye, aye, aye" are an insult for fans. The sound of actual Santana band needs to be refreshed, needs to born again. b) Featured artists songs. - For me, there are only five good songs of this ones: "The Game of Love" (actually, the best of the whole CD), "You are my kind", "Feels like fire", "Why don't you and I" and "Novus". The sound of this five songs is great, because they cover several styles and rythms, from pop to rock, from hip-hop to instrumental. The other songs in this categorie are crap. // 6

Lyrics: Except for "Foo-Foo", "Hoy es adis", "Amor", "Sideways" and "One of these days", the lyrics in this album are "so-so". They fit very well with the music, especially in songs like "The Game of Love" or "Feels like Fire", but they are surpassed by music. In this album, music is much more expressive than lyrics, something that carachterizes all Santana music. // 6

Overall Impression: Compared to last album (Supernatural), Shaman sucks. Except for "The Game of Love", "Feels like Fire", "Why don't you and I", "Novus", "You are my kind" and "Victory is won", the other tracks are just crap. Except for the artists who appear in the songs I mention above, the other ones don't deserve to be featured in an Santana album. I don't know what Carlos wants when he invites this kind of "stars". I think Carlos should quit this "featured Stars" stuff, and focus on the Santana Band.Personally, I was waiting a long time for this album, and once I got it, it really disappointed me. It was a luck that I bought the pirate version, because I only spent $1.5, instead $19.So, if you are thinking of buying this CD, don't waste your money; you better download the good songs I've mentioned from the web, or buy a pirate version as I did. // 4

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overall: 9.3
Shaman Reviewed by: retroray34, on november 26, 2004
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Sound: The sound was unlike any other CD I've listened to. All of the songs had amazing solos, particularly guitar. He blended many forms of music, using artists such as POD and Chad Kroger. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics flowed with the music, using seasoned vocalists to coordinate the direction the song was traveling in. The singers were comparible to Santana's previous vocalist, beyond compare to anything else. // 8

Overall Impression: It was simlar to the previous Santana album, Supernatural, and I would rate this in my top five favorite albums from any other artists. My personal favorite song would have to be "Since Supernatural". It blended latin rock with an interesting form of hip-hop. Please note that the numerous solos in the song "Foo Foo" were amazing. I can't find anything to hate about it. I would most certainly buy it again if it were stolen or lost. // 10

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