Early this year, famed guitarist Carlos Santana and his band released a new EP to the world in the form of In Search of Mona Lisa. While an enjoyable record in its own right, that five song (technically three-song, since two of its songs are just radio edits of two of the three originals) sadly was not as timeless as the famed painting, which was reportedly the inspiration for the EP’s originals. That is because of those radio edits. This summer, Santana will follow-up the release of In Search of Mona Lisa with a new full-length studio recording titled Africa Speaks. Research into the 11-song record reveals its release date as June 7. In anticipation of the album’s release, its debut single and album opener, ‘Breaking Down the Door (ft. Buika)’ is set to hit radio stations nationwide May 5. The song is everything that audiences have come to expect from Santana and company in terms of its musical arrangement, which will be addressed shortly. The song’s lyrical content is just as easily accessible as the song’s musical content, and will be addressed a little later. Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of ‘Breaking Down The Door (ft. Buika).’ All things considered, they make the song a strong first impression for Santana’s new LP, and hopefully not the only positive part of the forthcoming album.
‘Breaking Down The Door (ft. Buika)’ is a positive first impression from Carlos Santana’s forthcoming album Africa Speaks. It is everything that audiences have come to expect from the veteran performer and his fellow musicians with its Latin-tinged sound. The horns, bongos, congas, cabasa, drums and guitar and accordion are expertly balanced throughout the song thanks to the work of famed producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Run DMC, The Dixie Chicks), who helmed the album. The song’s early bars create visions of nights in Havana which does somewhat go against the album’s theme of following African influences, but even with that in mind, still sets the song’s stage quite well. The rest of the composition is certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained as the noted instruments join together for a work in whole that is quite easy on the ears. It is just one of the song’s notable elements. The song’s lyrical content is just as worth noting in examining the song as its musical content.
The song’s lyrical content is sung by famed Grammy®-nominated and Latin Grammy® Spanish artist Buika (pronounced BWEE-KA), who comes in as a guest performer on this track. Some of the lyrics are slightly difficult to decipher sans lyrics sheet, but enough is understood to realize the story in the song centers on a group of individuals’ relationships. Buika starts out singing about a woman named Tina. “Tina was no deceiver/Few were inclined to believe her/She was lucky to marry a rich, rich man/Handsome like Harry/Harry was a charmer/No one believed he would harm her.” She continues in the song’s second verse, “The wedding was the talk of the town/The girl went down in a long white gown/They said she wanted to marry above her/All she wante was someone to love her/News came first/They called her a liar/Had no sound/Mouth full of wire.”
The story seemingly does not have a happy ending, as Buika sings, “In the end, Tina was buried/By the church where she got married/Tina should have outlived us/Now we pray that she will forgive us/Tina was no deceiver/Few were inclined to believe her.” It would seem that in hindsight, this is a story about a young woman whose desire to be loved led to her being involved with someone who was not so nice. It is inferred through the line stating Harry was a charmer and that no one thought he would hurt her, that likely he did in fact hurt her. He apparently hurt Tina fatally. One could almost argue that with this in mind, this song is a reminder for people to make sure they know who that other person is before getting completely involved with that person. It’s hardly the first time that a song, such as this one has ever been presented. Aerosmith, Garth Brooks and Nickelback are among the many acts who have crafted songs centered on the matter of domestic abuse. The way in which it has seemingly been tackled here though, is a fresh new take on the topic, and just as certain to resonate with listeners. That is thanks not just to the story, but the song’s arrangement, too. Keeping all of this in mind, this song is a positive first impression for Africa Speaks and hopefully just one of many more positive impressions to come from the album.
Carlos Santana is set to launch a tour in support of Africa Speaks April 22 in Nashville, TN. The tour is set to run through Nov. 10 and will include an extensive residency in Las Vegas, NV as well as performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. The tour’s schedule is available online now along with another of the Africa Speaks‘ singles, ‘Los Invisibles’ and all of Carlos Santana’s latest news and more at:
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