Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Multi Dimensional Warrior

Posted on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 4:00 AM

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Multi Dimensional Warrior
Composer: Santana
Conductor: Santana
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: 2008-11-19
Rated: NONE
Format: Album
Genre: ClassicRock

This two-disc retrospective is not another greatest hits re-packaging but rather what Santana calls “a letter to the fans … an invitation to the sacredness inside yourself.” The legendary guitarist handpicked each tune, with the first disc featuring vocal songs and the second disc being all instrumental.

Opening with a trinity of songs titled “Let There be Light,” “Brotherhood,” and “Spirit,” Santana conjures a strong message of positivity to counterbalance the darkness of the times. Most of the tunes come from the past 25 years, and a few suffer from the cheesy synth sounds that plagued popular music in the ’80s. Some songs, likewise, will stray too close to the new-age side for certain tastes. But what comes through loud and clear throughout is that sweet tone that’s made Santana one of the most recognizable guitarists in music.

A more truly multi-dimensional experience would be found on a release like Live at the Fillmore 1968, but Multi Dimensional Warrior offers some of Santana’s tastiest playing in songs written with specific metaphysical intentions.

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