The Soundtrax of My Life signals the first set of new material by singer/guitarist José Feliciano in over a decade. The multi-talented musician is probably best remembered for his 1967 hit version of "Light My Fire," the theme for Chico & the Man, the holiday standard "Feliz Navidad" and a controversial 1968 version of the "Star Spangled Banner." But Feliciano has never disappeared; he continued to record sporadically throughout the '80s, including several popular Spanish language discs as well as landing a few acting roles in both film and television. For 2007's The Soundtrax of My Life, Feliciano, with help from co-producer and instrumentalist Al Payson, has returned to full-fledged music making with his trademark flamenco flavored, Latin pop intact; he wrote all the material, played the majority of instruments and produced what turned out to be a soulful D.I.Y. album. The titles reflect what's been on his mind over the past decade: "One Never Knows," "Face the Music," "Dancin' and Romancin'" and a candidate for most direct anti-war sentiment during the last half of the Bush administration "Killing's Not the Answer." Anyone who mistakenly placed José Feliciano in an oldies time capsule should check out The Soundtrax of My Life.
AllMusic Review by Al Campbell