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The long-awaited follow-up to Jose Gonzalez’s excellent 2003 debut, Veneer, continues down the same hypnotic acoustic finger-picked guitar path. As the winner of a Swedish Grammy for Best Newcomer and the Swedish Government’s Music Export Award, Gonzalez is a surprisingly modest performer, deft at his instrument and gorgeous in his melodies, but very decidedly low-key at all times. This lack of fanfare makes him easy to be overlooked, just as many of the angry, even hostile, sentiments of his songs are likely to slip past, considering the soothing music that supports them. The title track and “Killing for Love” are anti-war poems, while the opener, “How Low,” is hardly the campfire lullaby it seems on the surface. “The Nest” is his nature poem. Gonzalez adds a beatbox here and double-tracked vocals throughout. However, production is essentially minimal. The songs are meant less to be heard than overheard, less contemplated than absorbed slowly as ambient textures that quietly assimilate as a natural part of the day.

Customer Reviews

An excellent development of his sound.

Whilst I loved Veneer, I played it only occasionally... but whenever one of his songs came on the radio, I'd sit down and listen. I think the desparity was due to a lack of variety on Veneer, and it's very hard to do with one man and a guitar, but there's plenty here - in texture, rhythm, etc there's a few surprises. But emotionally this album has a far greater range - 'Down the Line' is Angry, and forgoes the loose beats of his finger picking for some very direct strumming. It's more memorable and poppy, in a way - but this album's lost none of the beauty Gonzalez is capable of creating.

the sound ...

that touched my soul its that simple. Never written a review here before! Called to action by him and all his work. I am dyslexic - why does that matter? i have real hard problem connecting to music the lyrics dont get into my brain and then my heart fast enough for me to GET music. This simply does - direct to the heart. Teardrop has always been a favourite of mine and his cover is exquiste!

Sublime Jose

I’ve only listened to the samples, however this has to be my next purchase. Sublime music which reminds me of Pink Moon, a great follow up to Veneer.


Born: 1978 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although his parents are Argentine, singer/songwriter José González was born in Sweden, where he became nationally renowned for his mix of autumnal indie pop and intimate acoustics. Following stints with hardcore bands during the 1990s, González formed the indie rock outfit Junip alongside organist Elias Araya and drummer Tobias Winterkorn; they released their first EP, Straight Lines, in 2000. González officially launched his solo career with the release of 2003's Veneer, an entirely acoustic affair...
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