The follow-up to one of the least unexpected bestsellers of recent years, In Our Nature
is a reminder that Jose Gonzalezs musical roots lie not in acoustic balladry (though hes undeniably a wizard on the guitar, frequently compared to Nick Drake and with good reason) but in the fecund hardcore punk scene of his home town of Gothenburg. Not only does Gonzalez hit the guitar very hard indeed, rather undercutting his image as a sensitive singer-songwriter, but much of In Our Nature
discusses mans weakness and propensity to violence, the perennial subject of vague protest. "How Low", "Killing for Love" and the hopeful title track are as quietly powerful as one man can get with a guitar. His take on Massive Attacks oft-covered "Teardrop", already something of a modern classic, outdoes recent versions by Newton Faulkner and Elbow. The lovely, relatively understated closer "Cycling Trivialities", an epic by Gonzalezs concise standards, sounds like a one-man Simon and Garfunkel, becoming denser and denser with each minute. The entire thing is over in hardly more than half an hour, though whether anyone would want such a relentless attack to last any longer is moot. In Our Nature
is that rarity, a contemporary album that leaves the listener wanting more. --Steve Jelbert
Limited Special Offer. Stark 2007 album! Confessional folk 'n' introverted acoustics from the sensational Swedish songsmith. Includes "Down The Line", plus his cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop".