Life Is Anew

This isn’t one of Santana’s most famous songs, but it’s one of my favorites. I don’t pretend to be a big expert on Carlos Santana or his music, but I’m fairly certain that Borboletta was a career high point. If not in terms of popularity, then in influence and just generally being really good. Santana was a pioneer in diversifying the world of rock music. He was one of the first to bring Latin music influences into rock’n’roll. Not just that but Santana fused rock, jazz, world music, funk, and anything else he liked into one psychedelic soup, which has been enormously influential.  Borboletta is a perfect example of the balance of wildly diverse musical strands that Santana wove together. It’s not an album weighed down with big hit singles, it’s not even particularly song-oriented. It flows smoothly in and out of traditional rock song structure and purely atmospheric instrumentals. It is, in the best psychedelic rock tradition, a trip of an album, with moments for grooving and for contemplation. Most definitely a masterpiece.


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