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Santana Supernatural

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The Arista debut of Carlos Santana and band gives fans of the soulful guitar vet two albums in one, but it's a decidedly good-news, bad-news proposition. First, there's a fine collection of late-1990s-model Santana--tastefully tooled songs driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ("[Da Le] Taleo", "Africa Bamba", "Migra", "Primavera" and the emotionally charged instrumental "El Farol") that allow Carlos plenty of elbowroom for his passionate soloing. Then there's the collection of tracks featuring a lineup of de rigueur alternative and hip-hop stars, including Dave MatthewsEverlastLauryn HillWyclef Jean and Eagle Eye Cherry. To their credit, Matthews ("Love of My Life") and Eagle Eye Cherry ("Wishing It Was") muster enough chemistry to make the fusion work. But the rest of the collaborations feel like an unnecessary stretch to reach out to a younger demographic that El Jefe has little trouble attracting on his own terms. --Jerry McCulley

Tracklist

Santana (Da Le) Yaleo 5:51
Santana Featuring Dave Matthews Love Of My Life 5:48
Santana Featuring Everlast Put Your Lights On 4:47
Santana Africa Bamba 4:40
Santana Featuring Rob Thomas Smooth 4:56
Santana Featuring Lauryn Hill & Cee-Lo Do You Like The Way 5:52
Santana Maria Maria 4:21
Santana Migra 5:24
Santana Featuring Maná Corazon Espinado 4:32
Santana Featuring Eagle-Eye Cherry Wishing It Was 4:59
Santana El Farol 4:49
Santana Primavera 5:17
Santana Featuring Eric Clapton The Calling 7:48

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