Santana All That I Am Review

Album. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

Santana fills-in with similar-sounding solos, rather than directing proceedings.

Rob Webb 2002

Santana's 1999 album Supernatural pitched the Mexican guitarist back into the charts big time. On All That I Am, he aims to repeat the exercise, by collaborating with various gold-selling singers, such as Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joss Stone.

"Hermes" and "El Fuego" burn like jalapeno chili: they're great salsa rockers with no guest-stars to distract you from the fiery playing.

Sadly too many tracks here feature one star or another which leaves a taste more like refried beans. Santana fills-in with similar-sounding solos, rather than directing proceedings. "Trinity", which showcases some terrific guitar, is an exception, but is over too soon and "I Am Somebody" (feat. Will-I-Am from the Black Eyed Peas) bounces along on an appealing groove. But the rest is formula.

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