All That I Am

All That I Am

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by Santana
     
 

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Given the amount of octane that was injected into his career by the multi-platinum collaborations album Supernatural and replenished with the similarly stacked Shaman, it's not surprising that Carlos Santana would choose to try to catch lightning in a bottle again. He does a pretty decent job of doingSee more details below

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Given the amount of octane that was injected into his career by the multi-platinum collaborations album Supernatural and replenished with the similarly stacked Shaman, it's not surprising that Carlos Santana would choose to try to catch lightning in a bottle again. He does a pretty decent job of doing just that on All That I Am, largely because he doesn't try to re-create Supernatural's sound, just its engaging vibe. The disc's best songs are the ones on which Santana and his guest du jour try to play off each other rather than simply staying out of each others' way -- most notably "I'm Feeling You," a second go-round with Shaman partner Michelle Branch, who wraps herself mistily around one of Santana's more mellifluous melodies. Santana spends a good bit of his time here looking for -- and invariably finding -- a groove to lean into, as he does on "My Man," a sultry slice of neo-soul that showcases Mary J. Blige's prodigious pipes, and "Cry Baby Cry," a '70s-styled churner that pairs Joss Stone and Sean Paul to good effect. The disc isn't bereft of instrumental flash, of course: "Trinity" finds Santana mixing it up with fellow string-slingers Kirk Hammett (of Metallica) and Robert Randolph, whose pedal steel provides an earthy counterpoint to the leader's spacey spelunking. Not every pairing is fortuitous -- American Idol Bo Bice's appearance on "Brown Skin Girl," for instance, sounds like an outtake from the reality show -- but Santana seldom gets bogged down. Like the man himself, Santana's All That I Am is a burst of radiant, positive energy.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like 2002's Shaman, this follows the blueprint that producer
ecord mogul Clive Davis laid down on 1999's Supernatural, which means that apart from a cut or two, Santana functions as a supporting musician to a parade of guest stars singing pop songs. Here, Santana and Davis try to make lightning strike again, having Michelle Branch, who sang "The Game of Love" on Shaman, sing the soundalike "I'm Feeling You," which she also had a hand in writing, and the result isn't bad. The biggest names here are Mary J. Blige, Big Boi, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and the ubiquitous will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, and the production is clean and safe, while the songs are professional but predictable.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0828766962024
catalogNumber:
916138
Rank:
115475

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Dennis Chambers   Drums,Musician
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Viola
Mary J. Blige   Vocals
Jeff Cressman   Trombone,Musician
Kirk Hammett   Guitar
Debra Killings   Bass
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano,Keyboards
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet,Musician
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Tim Pierce   Rhythm Guitar
Benny Rietveld   Bass,Musician
Raul Rekow   Conga,Vocals,Musician
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar,Tres,cuatro,tiple
David Stout   Trombone
Chester Thompson   Organ,Keyboards,Musician
Steven Tyler   Vocals
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Carlos Santana   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Anthony Hamilton   Vocals
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dante Ross   Keyboards
Terrence Brown   Keyboards
Henry Garza   Guitar,Vocals
will.i.am   Vocals
Chris Chaney   Bass
Dan Marshall   Guitar
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Robert Randolph   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sleepy Brown   Vocals
Michelle Branch   Vocals
Rajinder Kala   Percussion
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Joss Stone   Vocals
Rebeca Mauleón Santana   Keyboards
Sean Paul   Vocals
Preston Fullwood   Organ
Wreckers   Track Performer
Jessica Harp   Background Vocals
Ringo Garza   Drums
Bo Bice   Vocals
Gabriel Abularach   Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Justin Aldridge   Percussion
Moussa Diouf   Bass,Piano
Salvador Santana   Musician

Technical Credits

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Composer
Desmond Child   Producer
Jean Shepherd   Composer
Michael Brook   Composer
David Crockett   Drum Technician,Percussion Technician
Clive Davis   Producer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
John Frye   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Pete Ganbarg   Engineer
Garry Glenn   Composer
Jimmy Harry   Composer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Damon Johnson   Composer
David Luke   Pro-Tools
Lester Mendez   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Porter   Producer,Engineer
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
David Stout   Horn Arrangements
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer
Buck Johnson   Composer
Richard Shepherd   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
John Shanks   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Matt Still   Engineer
Dante Ross   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ben Conrad   Pro-Tools
Ismaïla Toure   Composer
Richie Supa   Vocal Producer
Jamie Houston   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Henry Garza   Composer
Antwan Patton   Composer
will.i.am   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dan Marshall   Engineer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Michelle Branch   Composer
Ed Adair   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Sean Paul Henriques   Composer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Bo Boddie   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Morgan Garcia   Engineer
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Los Lonely Boys   Producer
Brandon "B Don" Matthews   Engineer
Gary Fly   Engineer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Ringo Garza   Composer
Abibou Mbaye   Engineer
Sang Shin   Pro-Tools
René Martínez   Guitar Techician
Andy Vargas   Composer

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