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HAVANA MOON

Carlos Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.36 | 43 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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1 stars Carlos is one of the artist whom I discovered while I was eleven years old. And I admired him very, very much (just have a look at my ratings for the first four albums of his band: five stars each ).

It was very surprising to find ''Santana'' on a prog site, and I would say that the surprise was about the same when I saw that the work of the man as a ''solo'' artist was also available for review on PA.

I have said extensively in my review of the excellent ''Love Devotion Surrender'' how deep my love was, but unfortunately the music played by Carlos and friends was less and less appealing after this record. From very good (''Love...'') to average (''The Swing of Delight'').

This one is the nadir of his solo career so far. Pure blues rock music with little (to no) inspiration. There is not an inch of prog in here. Just pure boredom for most of the album. I am deeply searching one single good (not even talking about a great one) track in here.

Our guitar hero is quite discreet, and the overall music performed here is quite poor (''Mudbone''). The jazzy ''One With You'' only shines thanks to the work of the master. So far it is the first great guitar time available combined with some Latin rock music (at last)!!!

My fave track out here is ''Tales Of Kilimanjaro''. Fine percussions like in the good old days, short but passionate guitar moments do convey a complete ''Santana'' feel to this track. At least it is also an instrumental piece so that we don't need to bear the dreadful vocals of a Gregg Walker like during the painful ''One With You''.

And it is not the title track which is kind of a sub, sub ''Evil Ways'' oriented that will change my mind. A few seconds of guitar is not enough to reverse the tendency of a whole work. This solo work is on par with his poorest ones with his band: ''Marathon'', ''Shango'' and ''Beyond Appearances'' to which you can add ''Inner Secrets'' and ''Freedom'' which were released at each end of the process.

I really don't like this album. So little good music to take out of here. Some disco-Latin beat during ''Daughter Of The Night'' is not really what one is expecting from the man even if some good percussions are again highlighting the finale. Is this really all what we can get from the great Carlos Santana?

When I listen to the stupid ''They All Went To Mexico'', I can only be desperate and sad. Such a deep, deep low. Believe me. Prog resides to a million miles of this awful song: sorry, there are no other words for this. And it lasts for about six minutes! Gosh!!!

If it weren't so incredibly poor, the closing ''Vereda Tropical'' could have been funny. Some sort of Mexican party on a Sunday afternoon when all the family regroup in the courtyard, get a drink together and sing a folkloric tune (my step family is Mexican so I know what I'm talking about).

One star for this album. What the hell did you do Carlos???

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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