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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.24 | 538 ratings

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3 stars Santana's second combines the energy of the debut with a higher dose of Latin influences, stronger jazz atmosphere and more polished song-writing.

Singing Winds is dreamy, psychedelic but still warm, sweaty and smooth. It brings me mind-expanding vibes similar to those I get from Kraut rock. Black Magic Woman needs no introduction, it's one of Santana's best pop/soul songs and the guitar is superb, the subtle picking during the verse as much as the flamboyant lead guitars. Oye Como Va must be my favorite happy song. Very catchy and very musical.

Incident At Neshabur is less well known and a bit wilder then the songs that preceded. Quite heavy sections alter with jazzy jams, with percussion all over the place again. It opens up to a mellow section in the middle that Canterbury fans shouldn't miss. Se A Cabo is another wild Latin rocker with loud guitars and rousing percussion. Heavy rock follows on Mother's Daughter and Hope You're Feeling better. Samba Pa Ti and El Nicoya dwell in more Latin atmospheres.

A strong album with a rock solid, spacious and dynamic sound. I think I would have loved it a lot better had I come to know it earlier though, it now doesn't seem to rival the debut album for me.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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