You know who pisses me off?
No, I'm not racist, and I don't hold any grudges against the Latino community. I just fail to see the appeal of the guy. Most of the songs that get radio airplay are the ones that he has collaborated with other, more mainstream artists. 97 percent of those songs were written by the collaborating artist. Since he didn't write them, and he doesn't sing, that just makes him the Guitar Player. For this the guy sells 25 million albums?
The fact is, if you didn't tell me it was Santana, I wouldn't know. I would just figure that Rob Thomas or Michelle Branch or Aerosmith put out a new single. Yeah, maybe the song has a bit of an extended guitar solo, but I grew up in the 80's; all the songs had extended guitar solos.
My point is that I fail to see what he brings to the occasion. He can be replaced by any studio guitarist on the track and it would not make a lick of a difference. ( Like how I used "lick" & "track"? I'm a musical linguistic genius!) Is it because he's Latino? I don't think so, but there has to be something about the guy, something I'm missing out on. Does he have all his fingers? Or does he play with his feet? There's got to be some freak-show quality or something.
Someone please explain it to me.
P.S. (The Title means "Piece of Crap" in Spanish. Clever, eh?)