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Music Review- Boring music from legendary Santana

Bertin Rodriguez, Editor in Chief

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If you’ve heard one Santana song, you have heard them all. “Corazon” is no different than the rest.

“Corazon” is the 22nd studio album by Santana, and there are a few songs that stand out to me. But out of 15 tracks, a couple of songs just don’t cut it.

One of the best songs on the album is “Margarita” and it features Romeo Santos. The song isn’t bachata, Santos’ strongest genre, but a blend of rock and pop. His voice lends itself very well to Santana’s sound so this track stands out.

“La Flaca” is the lead single from the album and it features Grammy Award-winner Juanes. I have yet to be disappointed by a song featuring Juanes. His own music sometimes falls short, but when he performs songs on other albums, he shines.

A song that grew on me was “Iron Lion Zion,” and it features Ziggy Marley and ChocQuibTown. This was originally a song by Bob Marley. This is the right way to take an original song and remaster it.

Unfortunately, this album has a track featuring Pitbull. “Oye 2014” is a remixed modern version of Santana’s hit “Oye Como Va.” This song is a slap in the face to every Santana fan out there. Pitbull has been featured on so many songs and he seems to always be remastering old Latin songs. They are far from remastering and more like tossing a hit song into a blender with his god-awful voice mixed in.

The album art for “Corazon” is even a disaster. Santana is so stuck in its ’70s psychedelic ways, that the album art just screams it. The only reason this album would be acceptable is if you were taking drugs before you started to listen.

Santana is just Santana, and it doesn’t change.

If you love Santana, you will love this album, but if you are just a casual listener, you will be left with a bad taste in your mouth from the completely boring songs and generic guitar chords.

2 out of 5 stars

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Music Review- Boring music from legendary Santana