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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
To say that guitar guru Carlos Santana got a huge career boost from Supernatural, his 1999 album of genre-spanning collaborations, is an understatement: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reached a whole new audience with the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-laden album, which paired him with Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, and the like. Given Supernatural's magnetic charm, it's no surprise that Santana applies a similar formula to his much-anticipated follow-up. And while the going isn't always "Smooth," this shaman pulls it off. Even with a somewhat more uneven guest list, Shaman dazzles with tantalizing moments. "Feels like Fire," which sets Santana's hypnotic ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
To say that guitar guru Carlos Santana got a huge career boost from Supernatural, his 1999 album of genre-spanning collaborations, is an understatement: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reached a whole new audience with the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-laden album, which paired him with Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, and the like. Given Supernatural's magnetic charm, it's no surprise that Santana applies a similar formula to his much-anticipated follow-up. And while the going isn't always "Smooth," this shaman pulls it off. Even with a somewhat more uneven guest list, Shaman dazzles with tantalizing moments. "Feels like Fire," which sets Santana's hypnotic playing against the almost hymnlike vocals of Dido, is nothing short of stunning, and the easygoing, horn-pumped "The Game of Love," with teen rocker Michelle Branch, suggests a South of the Border Sheryl Crow. Likewise, Seal's slithery singing perfectly matches the soulful lines that Santana unspools for "You Are My Kind." The chemistry is less successful when the guitarist joins forces with the new generation of hard rockers: He all but disappears amid the bluster of P.O.D.'s "America," while Nickelback's Chad Kroeger proves entirely unsympathetic on the grandiose "Why Don't You and I?" Those rough patches, however, are offset by a passel of sexy mid-tempo tracks, such as the serpentine "Amore Sexo," which boasts one of Macy Gray's typically showstopping vocal turns. Equally interesting are the tunes that delve into Santana's Latin heritage, from the light and airy "Hoy Es Adios," with vocals by Alejandro Lerner, to the tough-talking "One of These Days," on which he's joined by the members of Ozomatli. Once again, this six-string sage proves his mettle at spell-casting, dreamweaving, and, above all, hit-making.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nobody could have predicted the success of the star-studded Supernatural in 1999, but it revitalized the career of Santana, plus Clive Davis, who cooked up the whole idea of the comeback in the first place. Given its blockbuster status, a sequel that followed the same blueprint was inevitable, which is exactly what 2002's Shaman is. If anything, there's even less Carlos Santana here, proving that he and Davis are among those that believe that Supernatural was a success because of Rob Thomas and "Smooth," not the typically tasteful, excellent guitar playing. And, no surprise, Thomas has a strong presence here even if he doesn't sing. He writes two songs, flexing his muscles as a neo-soul songwriter not badly, either, on cuts sung by Musiq and Seal, and providing the template for all the guests here: they want to launch a new stage of their career, finding a wider audience. Outside of Seal who has a comeback of his own to launch and Placido Domingo who does these things because he can, everybody here has hearts to win and something to prove, and they do a mixed job of it. P.O.D. falls on its face with the embarrassing "America," but Chad Kroeger far outshines anything he's done with a surprisingly subtle and soulful "Why Don't You & I," easily better than anything by Nickelback. But this points out the problem on the record -- each song is tailored to the strengths of the lead singer, not the strengths of Santana, who's left with piddly, forgettable instrumental interludes and playing endless lines beneath the vocal melodies. Who can blame him? It's the only chance he really gets to play on this album. On the whole, it holds together no better or no worse than Supernatural -- it's the same record, essentially. True, there wasn't anything as awful as "America" or the foolish aural press release "Since Supernatural," but there was nothing as joyous and wonderful as the Michelle Branch-sung "The Game of Love." Written by the team behind the New Radicals' modern pop classic "You Get What You Give," it's every bit as soaring melodic and irresistible; it may not be Santana -- it sounds even less like Santana than "Smooth" -- but it's perfect pop, the best pop single of 2002, for reasons that have nothing to do with Santana. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]
Rolling Stone - Jon Pareles
Shaman still offers glimpses of Santana's globe-spanning euphoria.

Shaman still offers glimpses of Santana's globe-spanning euphoria.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2002
  • Label: Arista Europe
  • UPC: 743219593825
  • Catalog Number: 195938
  • Sales rank: 6,847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adouma (4:15)
  2. 2 Nothing at All - Musiq (Soulchild) (4:28)
  3. 3 The Game of Love (4:14)
  4. 4 You Are My Kind (4:19)
  5. 5 Amoré (3:51)
  6. 6 Foo Foo (6:28)
  7. 7 Victory Is Won (5:20)
  8. 8 America (4:35)
  9. 9 Sideways (4:41)
  10. 10 Why Don't You and I (4:34)
  11. 11 Feels Like Fire - Dido (4:39)
  12. 12 Let Me Love You Tonight (5:34)
  13. 13 Aye Aye Aye (4:45)
  14. 14 Hoy Es Adios (4:37)
  15. 15 One of These Days (5:51)
  16. 16 Novus - Plácido Domingo (4:12)
  17. 17 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Santana Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve Drums
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Rene Toledo Acoustic Guitar
Plácido Domingo Vocals
Alejandro Lerner Vocals
Tony Lindsey Vocals
Dennis Chambers Drums
Rusty Anderson Electric Guitar
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Ed Calle Saxophone
Brian Collier Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Jeff Cressman Trombone
Joseph Edelberg Strings
Clarence Greenwood Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Lindsay Vocals
Jody Linscott Percussion
Manny López Acoustic Guitar
MeShell NdegeOcello Bass
Lester Mendez Percussion, Keyboards
Rick Nowels Background Vocals
Bill Ortiz Trumpet
Karl Perazzo Percussion, Conga, Drums, Timbales, Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
Benny Rietveld Bass
Raul Rekow Conga, Background Vocals
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Marty Wehner Trombone
KC Porter Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Sister Bliss Keyboards
Carlos Santana Guitar, Electric Guitar, Timbales, Vocals, Background Vocals, Rainstick, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jose Gaviria Keyboards, Background Vocals
Kike Santander Background Vocals
Ulises Bella Tenor Saxophone
David Schoenbrun Strings
Pauline Taylor Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas Background Vocals
Andreas Allen Turntables
Ozomatli Background Vocals
Dave Randall Electric Guitar
Asdrubal Sierra Trumpet, Background Vocals
Macy Gray Vocals
Sebastian Arocha Morton Hammond B3
Sy Smith Background Vocals
Mark Bates Keyboards
Julius Melendez Trumpet
Marika Hughes Strings
Chad Kroeger Vocals
Wil-Dog Abers Bass
Jiro Yamaguchi Tabla, talking drum
Arnthor Vocals, Background Vocals
Mats Berntoft Guitar
JB Eckl Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michelle Branch Vocals, Background Vocals
Henrik Jonback Guitar
Sebastian Nylund Guitar
Andrés Múnera Keyboards
Niki Harris Background Vocals
Emily Onderdonk Strings
Andy Vargas Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Shrieve Composer
Gabor Szabo Composer
Alejandro Lerner Composer
Dallas Austin Composer, Producer
Simon Climie Composer
Jim Gaines Engineer
Chris Garcia Engineer
Clarence Greenwood Producer
Angélique Kidjo Composer
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Bill Malina Engineer
Lester Mendez Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Phil Nicolo Engineer
Rick Nowels Composer, Producer
Karl Perazzo Composer
Raul Rekow Composer
Steve Russell Engineer
Dan Shea Programming, Producer
Javier Vazquez Composer
Randy Wine Engineer
KC Porter Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
David Frazer Engineer
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Carlos Santana Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jose Gaviria Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Kike Santander Producer
Gregory Digiovine Composer
Roger "Shoubou" Eugène Composer
Anders "Bag" Bagge Composer
Ritchie Rome Composer
Dido Armstrong Composer
Macy Gray Composer
Sebastian Arocha Morton Engineer
Dan Vickers Engineer
Justin Lieberman Engineer
Chad Kroeger Composer
Arnthor Programming, Engineer
José R. Sanchez Engineer
Wayne Rodrigues drum programming
JB Eckl Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Wuv Composer
Rollo Armstrong Composer
Yvon "Kapi" Andre Composer
Andrés Múnera Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Alex Ander Composer
Robert Conley Engineer
Ritchie Rome Composer
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