:: ~Naturally Uplifting ~ ::
M. West | Queens,NY USA | 08/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before I start the review, I would first like to just clear one thing up. Los Lonely boys ::ASKED:: Salvador to redo "Heaven". Back to the review. I really enjoy this CD it has so much to offer. So Natural is different from any of the other albums Salvador has made in the past. Nic Gonzales (Lead vocals/Producer)has written and arranged all of the songs on the album with help from Chris Belvins (Piano/Producer) and Chris Rodriguez. One thing I love about So Natural is, it was recorded with all live instruments. The songs on this album are really not the funky, ::dance-till-you-drop:: kind of songs, like the former "Breathing Life" from "Into Motion" or "Ain't It good" from the self titled "Salvador". So natural is a new sound to Salvador. Its a mature and heartfelt album. The songs are uplifting to the soul. The Lyrics have hope in each word. For example the song "This is my life" goes to say ::Take my world of simple,misconceptions,nothing here will ever truly satisfy my soul. where brokenness is traded for redemption,it's your hands, that never let me go, this is all i have, but its all i ever need::
The lyrics from the songs on this album are so powerful. They really touch your heart. So many of the songs are really easy to relate to. I love each song on here. I also enjoy La Palabra, I love the idea that Salvador never leaves their Latin roots.
So Natural opens with "Can You Feel" (The supernatural)This song is pretty much about opening your heart to the Lord, and letting his awesome power fill your heart. This song, like many others, is uplifting and the lyrics are powerful."You Are There" This song is about God being all around you at every moment of the day. I love this song because it is about strong faith. "This Is My Life" This song in possibly one of the most heartfelt songs on the album. It was a special song Nic had written, that really had related to him and his life at that time. "Heaven" A great song orginally by the Los Lonely Boys. "It Comes Back To You" This song relates to just about everyone once in their life. It has to do with everyday struggles, and about what you do in life will eventually come back around. "Cover Me" The first real upbeat song on the album. It has a rock feel to it and has to do with God always being there and taking care of you. " For More Than Ourselfs" Another song with a rock, upbeat feel. The song tells of being on this earth for more then just ourselves, but for a higher purpose. "Fabricated" One of my favorite songs, I love everything about this song. It's just unexplainable. Pick up the Cd and you will know what I mean! "Let It Be Said" This song I can relate to on so many levels. The whole song is about just letting the world go on and say what they want to say about me, Because of my faith but it won't stop me from believing.Let it be said is another one of my favorites. "Glimpse Of His Heart" This song tells about God's love and how he shows us how much he really cares. "So Natural" Upbeat, Sunny-day type of feel. I love this song and the lyrics it just helps you start the day off with a good feeling. and "La Palabra" I think it's a really pretty song although I don't speak Spanish so I can't really say much about it. Im sure anyone who does speak Spanish will enjoy it though. Well That is it for the review, I hope you consider buying So Natural it really is a great album I think should be in anyone's collection. Take care everyone, and God bless.
Good but could be better
ggrissom | Texas | 01/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My girlfriend gave me this album for Christmas. I am a huge Salvador fan. There have been times where she's even been jealous, lol. For the record, the "'Heaven' scandle" is anything but. Salvador gives proper credit to Los Lonely Boys, and I'm sure LLB are very greatful that their song is getting played on Christian radio. It's a good song, and I'm a fan of both versions. I had hoped there would be more of a horn presence on this album. That's one of the things that first attracted me to Salvador was their blasting, bombastic horns on their first album. I also like that rough, acustic feel that they had on the first album. I know they've improved musically since then, and they've grown. I'm not trying to downplay their funk and say they should stick to Latin stuff. I do think, though, that the funk is great but it needs more Latin in it. I wish they would go more the accustic route instead of doing "cool" studio polishing to the music. They're an awesome live band, and an awesome jam band. You felt that with the first album and with their live album and DVD. They've also lost a couple of members that I'd wish they could get back, but I won't name names on that one. Overall, it's a good album. I like "Can You Feel" and "Cover Me" among others. Nic's good at writing catchy stuff that could be great praise and worship music in churches and youth services all over. All in all, I think they should combine the best of their first album and IntoMotion. The inclusion of the live "La Palabra" was good. Let's hope that they put more horns in their next effort."