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  • Muzik First


Multi-Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has released his star-studded, masterful new album, "Blessings and Miracles," via BMG. This serves as the band's 26th album overall, and he returns to the formula he perfected on 1999's chart-topping "Supernatural" and last visited on 2005's "All That I Am." He's even asked back some old friends, like Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, who helped propel "Supernatural" to historic chart success via the ubiquitous "Smooth" and filled a similar role in the 21st-century update "Move." The result is pretty much what you'd expect from an album that pairs Santana with artists from his generation (Steve Winwood finally gets around to covering "A Whiter Shade of Pale") with some younger fans (country outlier Chris Stapleton), plus plenty of guitar heroics (from Carlos and Metallica's Kirk Hammett) to go around: It's all over the place, but not without occasional highlights. In addition to Rob Thomas, "Blessings and Miracles" sees Santana collaborating with a diverse host of brilliant artists, writers and producers, including Chris Stapleton, G-Eazy, Diane Warren, Steve Winwood, Chick Corea, Rick Rubin, Corey Glover, Kirk Hammett, Ally Brooke, American Authors and Narada Michael Walden, among others, on genre-bending, hook-filled knockout musical celebrations.

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