Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 28, 2011
    70
    The result comes off as a celebrity version of American Idol, in which the prize is not a record contract, but to have your track released as a single.
  2. This will be a good record for backyard barbecues and beers, but not for much serious listening.
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    40
    As he mostly prefers to copy the sound of the original guitarists rather than stamp his own unique style on these over-familiar songs, you have to ask what's the point? [Dec 2010, p.105]
  4. Santana's talent is compromised by a complacency to play these tracks as truly as possible.
  5. Sadly, expert guitar playing cannot carry an album. Moreover, it is too sterile and obsessively arranged, and the majority of the vocals lack that rock fierceness. Everyone is playing it too safe, with the production geared towards something mainstream and pop-oriented rather than experimentation and reinterpretation.
  6. It's easy to imagine Santana completely revamping some guitar-centered hits. But for most of the album, that was apparently too daring for Mr. Santana and his pop mentor and co-producer, Clive Davis. These oldies tend to stay close to the original arrangements and vocal phrasing, perhaps hoping that familiarity can sneak them onto the radio.
  7. There are no reinterpretations--not even the Nas-fronted "Back in Black" changes the song much--just restatements of riffs and replicated effects, each familiar element offering a reminder that Santana, Davis, and company chose to take the easy road by settling for gauche pop instead of guitar rock, winding up with a truly terrible album.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    0
    I try to find the positive in everything I listen to, but this is one occasion where I can't do so. This is a huge disappointment. I looked at some of the artists who were featured on this compilation and while I didn't like a few, I did like some. Doesn't matter because no one, not even Santana, can save this album. I'm not quite sure how the record execs didn't hear this and try to stop it from being put out to the masses. One of the worst albums I've ever heard. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    7
    I love Santana, and nobody will ever be able to convince me that "Supernatural" was anything but amazing. This album takes the same formula of collaborating with many different artists in an attempt to keep the album diverse, and applies it to covering "the best" guitar songs of rock history. Unfortunately, this effort was doomed to fall short. by trying to give every song a Latin flair, Santana neutered the raw emotion that made many of these songs great to begin with, especially "Fortunate Son" (nobody ruins Creedence and gets away with it). However, I do believe the album stays afloat, buoyed almost entirely by Santana's incredible guitar (augmented by some experimentation with distortion) and some very talented guests. In particular, Nas in "Back in Black" and India Arie in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". All in all, it's a very good soundtrack for a summer party or running playlist. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    I think it is a very interesting show of Santana's ability to shred. The sounds are as crisp as you can get from the very high to the very low. He lights up the sky with sound and with the many singers gives us a new sound of some golden oldies and of a couple of not so oldies. Would like to see a concert that goes with this album. And for those who complain about the sound being like a cover band, bet you never heard a cover band do it this good! Full Review »