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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from the guitarist features vocals from Buika and was produced by Rick Rubin.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mojo
    Jun 7, 2019
    100
    As passionately exciting as anything in the classic Carlos canon, Africa Speaks is an album of highlight after highlight. [Jul 2019, p.87]
  2. Jun 7, 2019
    80
    Clearly the collaboration between Carlos Santana and producer Rubin, the man who co-founded Def Jam Records (and has worked with the disparate likes of Run DMC, Slayer and Tom Petty) is a mutually fruitful one, because right through to the conclusion, “Candome Cumbele,” this record sounds all the more potent for its cooperative focus.
  3. Jun 7, 2019
    80
    Africa Speaks is breathtaking in terms of energy and scope of vision.
  4. Jun 7, 2019
    70
    Africa Speaks is not the sort of record to listen to on headphones; you have to hear the way it springs forth from speakers, like a live performance, to fully appreciate it. There aren’t any Billboard-targeting hits here — there’s no “Smooth” or even an “Oye Como Va,” though “Breaking Down the Door” comes close — and that’s part of the appeal. Woodstock was 50 years ago; this is Santana now. The spirit is the same, yet somehow it’s even freer.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 20, 2019
    9
    Blends traditional Santana with fresh voice and direction. A great addition to their repertoire.
  2. Jun 12, 2019
    9
    Do not underestimate this album! It is one of Santana's best. I hope it gets the attention it deserves. Rubin has done it again. SimplyDo not underestimate this album! It is one of Santana's best. I hope it gets the attention it deserves. Rubin has done it again. Simply beautiful music! Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2019
    3
    I'm a big Santana fan bun not a big fan of this album. The female singers voice is a combination of scratchy, rough, and shrill. I'm not a fanI'm a big Santana fan bun not a big fan of this album. The female singers voice is a combination of scratchy, rough, and shrill. I'm not a fan of the singer which ruins most of the album for me. Some great instrumentals earn it 3/10. Expand