Shape Shifter - Santana
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  • Summary: The majority of the songs on Carlos Santana's first album on the Starfaith label is instrumental.
  • Record Label: Starfaith
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Latin Rock, Instrumental Rock, Guitar Virtuoso
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    60
    There are just enough moments of shimmering, honeyed dexterity to keep us listening. [Jul 2012, p.82]
  2. May 24, 2012
    60
    Its lack of more compelling compositional ideas and some of its ham-fisted production problems are balanced by the fact that Santana is not coasting on his rep any longer; he's trying, and he's playing the hell out of the guitar again.
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    50
    [Shape Shifter] has moments of s**t-hot playing (see the smeared runs on "Metatron"). But the arrangements, oversweetened with too many synthesizers, lean toward lite jazz.
  4. Mostly it's clich├ęd Pelion heaped on cheesy Ossa in a mountain range of sickly gestures.
  5. Jun 1, 2012
    40
    Shapeshifter features mostly stockpiled instrumental pieces characteristically driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. [Jul 2012, p.82]
  6. 40
    It might have been hoped that the album itself were more impressive.
  7. Jun 27, 2012
    20
    In spite of its title, Carlos and company don't really do a lot of shape-shifting on this roundly insipid record. It's depressing that Santana, an artist who is so clearly capable of creating frenetic, passionate - sexy even - music, has produced something so soullessly inert.

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