Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2012
    There are just enough moments of shimmering, honeyed dexterity to keep us listening. [Jul 2012, p.82]
  2. May 24, 2012
    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
    [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. Uncut
    Jun 1, 2012
    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.

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