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Santana - All That I Am




After the historical SUPERNATURAL album, and the follow-up smash SHAMAN, Santana returns with ALL THAT I AM, an album filled with an incredible list of superstar guests from all genres and the classic Santana sound.

  
  

The album starts of strong with 'Hermes' and 'El fuego' and then hits the first radio friendly track 'I'm feeling you' which features Michelle Branch and The Wreckers. Although I have never been a huge Santana fan it is difficult to find negative points about this song. His guitar work is of a high quality as per usual and Branch's vocals are quite impressive. The song is extremely catchy and is certainly a track that people of a variety of music interests could enjoy.

  
  

Track four is probably the weakest track on the album for Carlos Santana, it is titled "My man" and seems to focus more on vocals then on guitar, this song features Mary J Blige and Big Boi and their vocals just don't seem to fit in with the rest of the album.

  
  

The album also includes a few slower more relaxing tracks such as track nine 'Trinity' which features Kirk Hammett from Metallica and Robert Randolph. The song is an instrumental and ties the album together effectively. This track best shows off Carlos Santana's skills as a guitarist and includes a number of skillful solos. There is some impressive pedal steel guitar by Robert Randolph and Chester Thompson's impressive skills on the organ helps the song achieve a relaxing feel.

  
  

The only other track that really grabbed my attention was "just feel better' which is track number five. This song features Steven Tyler and shows Santana and his band at their best, the vocals are exceptional and his guitar work is also amazing. These two aspects blend together very well and this produces and exceptional middle track for this album. Like 'I'm feeling you' this song is very catchy and I believe it is probably the biggest standout on the album.

  
  

This is probably the most modern of all of Santana's albums but it is still as high quality as his previous ones. I recommend this album highly as it has turned me into a Santana fan. My rating: 7.5/10

  
  

This album features collaborations with:

  
  

Mary J. Blige, Big Boi from Outkast, Los Lonely Boys, Uncle Kracker, Black Eyed Peas, Anthony Hamilton, Sean Paul, Michelle Branch, Kirk Hammett from Metallica, Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd, Robert Randolph, and manymore.

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