STYLE: Latin RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 78864-15694 LABEL: Word 8205002 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2009-06-29
Reviewed by Tim Holden
Salvador have earned a justified reputation as one of the best Latin bands and one of the most exciting live bands in Christian music - as well as having a high turnover of band members. The two albums which make up this package have been reviewed before in their own right and have stood up to the test of time quite well. 'Worship Live' was - as its name suggests - recorded live in a New Mexico church and combines some of Salvador's own tracks, such as "God People" and "Con Poder", with some more well know material like "Open The Eyes Of My Heart" and "As The Deer". All this with a full brass section and some great Latin beats. However, as has been noted before, it really does sound more like a concert than a worship time - I guess you had to be there. 'So Natural' was Salvador's next release and kept the Latin feel going strong. From the stomping opener "Can You Feel (The Supernatural)" the pace never really lets up with even the closing track, a live version of the "La Palabra" sung in Spanish, smooching along with a real samba rhythm. If you have not come across these guys before, or just like Latin rhythms, go out and get these - you won't be disappointed.
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So Natural is a perfect bridge between the Latin-rock sound for which Salvador have become known, and a more soulful modern-rock vibe while Dismiss The Mystery is unmistakably Salvador, with rich sounds of horns, seamless vocals, meaningful lyrical content. The new album’s title comes from the song “Neighbour,” which touches on race and promoting family values.