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Veneer [CD]

José González Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002HTP7CI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slow Moves
2. Remain
3. Lovestain
4. Heartbeats
5. Crosses
6. Deadweight on Velveteen
7. All You Deliver
8. Stay In The Shade
9. Hints
10. Save Your Day
11. Broken Arrows

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By Nazboy
Format:Audio CD
Being a lover of simple acoustic guitar music in general, particularly fingerpicking styles, I tend to jump on just about anything which has that basic sound to it. So after hearing just one song by Jose (Hearbeats) and loving the beautiful melodies, I grabbed hold of a copy of the album.

Amazon describes these pieces as 'indie pop bedroom songs', which I think is slightly misleading so don't be put off by that. If you love acoustic fingerpicking with rhythmic patterns that create feeling and mood then you will surely enjoy this. Stylistically there are tones of Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen ringing out in Jose's playing. The most recent album I could probably compare it to is Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'.

This is not Simon and Garfunkel repackaged as other reviewers have said, just because some artist's music is similair in style does not make it an immitation, or any less enjoyable. S&G did not invent this sound and in my opinion they are not the pioneers of it either (Scarborough Fair was copied from a traditional english folk song for a start). Also to say that it is dreary and monotone is very harsh, yes the style of the artist's delivery can be melancholy, but so was nick drakes and his legendary status is in part a testament to that.

Artists like Jose are keeping the acoustic scene rolling along, and that can only be a good thing in my opinion.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Bliss 14 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having an eclectic taste in music ranging from Dylan to Cypress Hill through Madonna and Eminem, I must admit in buying the album solely on the strength of Heartbeats on the Sony TV advert. What a great decision. Proving that to make great music you don't need image consultants, hair stylists, 11 layers of vocals and Pharrel Williams, Jose provides the album of the year (alongside the debut efforts of Arcade Fire and Bloc Party) with simply a guitar and his haunting yet pure voice.
Without a weak link in the chain of songs, this relaxing, thoughtful treat for the ears takes the guitar skill of John Williams, the song writing of early Dylan, but removes all hardline edges. His introspective lyrics marries a wonderfully honest singing style to create a beautiful, soulful sound that boy band ballad "singers" can only dream of.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing 25 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was a little unsure when buying this - I hadn't heard much and thought I might be chucking my money down the drain.
It arrived and I listened to it, and it's actually brilliant. I dcan just sit there doing nothing but listen to this music for hours.
5* doesn't even start to sum up this album
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul-Simon-meets-James-Taylor excellence. 14 Jan 2006
By Mackabo
Format:Audio CD
I like many others came across Jose Gonzalez from hearing "heartbeats" on the award winning Sony Tv advert. I bought Veneer predicting that I was being swept along by an incredible piece of artistic television magic and that I would be disappointed by the rest of the album.
If you feel like this and are in doubt let me reassure you this album is special. If you like guitar and beautiful singing or just appreciate soulful original music then do yourself a favour and buy it, listen to it then listen to it again. When you are finished listen to it again. Its that good.
I fear that people will soon do a James Blunt and buy veneer to keep their music collection trendy without truly appreciating how moving songs such as "lovestain" and "deadweight on velveteen" really are. Shame.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best swedish export since saunas 12 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
'Veneer' is an evocative distilation of all that is right and true about acoustic music. Whats more, is that this album (with any luck) may just surprise regular fans of the electroncially orientated 'Peacefrog'label as it did me...
Swedish-Argentinian, Jose Gonzalez is a wonderfully skilled musician who manages to sing with the endeering tones that make him sound as though he's coming out of your dads old hi-fi from some rare 1960's vinyl. Track 5, 'Crosses', is the stand out track being folky, stoned out and gently hinting at simon and Garfunkel twangs. What a blend. Consistent, charming and uplifitng.... Wish it was longer! 5 STARS!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, not quantity? 1 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Jose Gonzalez on Radio 1 and went looking for this album straight away. This guy can sing and play guitar like no one else I've heard before. Real mood music that sends chills up and down my spine whenever I listen to it. I have only one complaint, the album lasts less than 31 minutes, and at that length its more of an ep than album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 28 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you have spent any of your last year listening to anything by Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine or Micah P. Hinson (or even Damien Rice I would imagine) this is your next fix. Simple acoustic guitars and a sublime voice build to an incredible effect for the entire album. The reviews on the cover from the Guardian and The Sunday Times, who adore it equally, do not do it justice. Highlights are probably the beautiful "Crosses" which will no doubt soundtrack some OC heartache, and "Heartbeats" which is a cover of an electronic tune by Swedish band The Knife. You do not understand how much you need this in your life. Buy it now.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Further From Veneer 3 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to Folk, recent years have been bountiful with great new and original artists. Whether you think of Sam Beam, Polly Paulusma or Devendra Banhart, just to name just a very few great and distinct voices.
Folk is reinventing itself and, as the Kings of Inconvenience's first album announced, "quiet is the new loud." In that vein, "Veneer" -Jose Gonzalez's debut- should be considered another omen of Folk's unending trove of beauties, and proof that this is someone to keep tabs on.
Jose Gonzalez is a resident Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of Argentinean parents and, as the result of this album, this year's "best new artist" Swedish Grammy winner.
The story goes that his father gave Jose two books of guitar tunes -one of Beatles' songs and the other Bossa Nova- after which point he picked up the instrument, studied Flamenco and Classical guitar, developed an interest on Joao Gilberto and Joy Division, and started to compose his own material.
Speaking of his songs, the comparisons already abound, some are too generic -are we going to associate anyone who picks up an acoustic guitar and sings in a low voice with Nick Drake?- while other may misguide you.
For instance, there's indeed a touch of early Paul Simon, parallels to Iron & Wine and even a hint of Mark Kozelek, in Gonzalez' style. Still, when it comes to influences, I find stronger forces shaping his sound. Namely, the spirit of Joao Gilberto's intimate gems and the apparent inheritance of Argentinean melancholia ... all good things, of course, but not telling the full story about this guy.
Gonzalez is more than a faithful copyist. What he's done is embodied his influences deeply, and brought a very personal tone to these -all self-penned- songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great.......
Not bad, but I soon got tired of listening to this CD.
Published 9 days ago by M. R. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good and original album.
I first heard the song 'Heartbeats' years ago on a car advert and thought it the most lovely, ethereal, haunting and sublimely beautiful song I'd ever heard. Read more
Published 14 months ago by T. S. C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Best album
Best album (first of two) of the swedish singer-writer. Very special sound, melodic voice and guitar make a perfect couple together. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Erola Arcalis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very soothing and relaxing tunes . M m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m
Published 15 months ago by S. Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars So good.
I don't usually buy albums but i listened to the demo on each song (after listening to heartbeats) and i loved it. So relaxing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by William Sime
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The cd arrived in good time and in good condition. Only one little complaint is that the plastic outer cover is a bit shabby - the cd itself is fine.
Published 21 months ago by Sandy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Record
Bought for the version of heatbeats but didn't really know any other tracks. The whole album is just as great.
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by John Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Sounds an album with Longevity
Im mot the greatest at leaving reviews for Music.. But what I do have to say about this album is it is simply a beatiful piece of music. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Mokolpop
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but didn't blow me away.
I'm a part time guitar player and a singer songwriter. Although I didn't buy this for myself, it was an Xmas present and I had the opportunity to listen to it a few times. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Mr. J. T. P. Goode
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful album
soft gentle beautiful. just wish the delivery from amazon was better so it could have been the christmas present it was meant to be
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by dankee
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