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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Son Of' Supernatural, 19 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Shaman (Audio CD)
I read a newspaper review the week this album was released which slated it. That is because this CD splits opinion a great deal. If Supernatural had not been such a great success these songs would never have been recorded, they were simply trying to take the formula and hit the jackpot again. I love (almost) everything this guy has ever done, and despite the aforementioned newspaper article I really enjoyed Shaman. Apart from Amore (Sexo) with Macy Gray, this is a great collection of songs with a broad mix of styles and an interesting brace of collaborants. But the guitar style of Mr Santana is the best reason to buy any of his albums. This guy is still at the top of his game despite hitting 60 years of age in 2007. I challenge you not to play air guitar while listening to this album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Renaissance, 19 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Supernatural (Audio CD)
Apart from being a humanitarian and all round good egg Mr Santana has to be one of the most fluid, individual and recognisable guitar players ever. Having cut his teeth on the blues as a teenager his sound still resonates with the vibes of the great BB King, but with other influences found later such as Stevie Ray Vaughan. But this album is not so much about the blues. It is more an eclectic mix of latin/afro cuban driven traditional Santana sound on some songs and user friendly pop melodies on others. You're not likely to like every song, but I think most listeners should buy into at least some of the collaborations. To hear Carlos duelling with Clapton was massive, but the songs with Eagle Eye Cherry and Product G&B are an acquired taste. If you are a Santana purist and still appreciate the sound from the early seventies you might find the crossovers with modern hip hop and R&B acts distasteful but otherwise, buy this album and fill your boots with one of the best old school guitar players ever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant, 12 Mar. 2007
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The Marbles album came out in 2004, followed by a tour which spawned this CD and the Marbles On The Road DVD. Recorded at the Astoria Theatre this album captures the band perfectly cohesive and firing on all cylinders. Much of the earlier 'edgy' sound has gone on this album, to be replaced by a more user friendly, and dare I say it, commercial (ouch!) songwriting structure reminiscent of Keane or Travis.

The songs The Invisible Man and Neverland do hark back to earlier Marillion in the sense that they are lengthy, and comprise of much twisting and turning, tempo changes and sensitive keyboard and guitar passages. More like prog rock concertos than songs but they are brilliant.

Marbles I, II III and IV are OK although I don't really 'get' them.

The Damage is a song that is lost on me and I don't like it.

This brings me to the album's highlights. 'You're Gone' is a brilliant pop/rock song that was released as a single. It is tuneful, catchy and features great guitar work from Steve Rothery. 'Angelina' is a slower, more bluesy compostion about a phone sex girl and again Steve Rothery steals the show sounding like Dave Gilmour at times. 'Don't Hurt Yourself' is my personal favourite, (also released as a single) pacy and lively with excellent slide guitar and drums. 'Fantastic Place' is a rare attempt at a ballad but it works on every level.

Finally, 'Estonia' (not on Marbles studio album) which was inspired by the ferry disaster of the same name, and the verses allude to this event specifically. But the chorus concentrates more on Marillions' interpretation of what happens to us when we die. Far from being wrist-openingly depressing it is poignant and sensitive and features a terrific Mark Kelly keyboard solo.

Marillion have become increasingly 'progressive' and ever more accessible and I urge you to give this CD or the Marbles studio album a try.

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