Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  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. 50
    The veteran guitarist's 36th album is a predominantly instrumental set that tries too hard to do too much over its hour long length.
  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. Mostly it's clich├ęd Pelion heaped on cheesy Ossa in a mountain range of sickly gestures.
  8. 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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