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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002HTP7CI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,126 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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nazboy on 17 May 2006
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 By Muhammad Odeh on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mackabo on 14 Jan. 2006
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. Hilton on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Statham on 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 By A Customer on 28 April 2005
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Roberts on 9 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Gonzalez has often been likened to the late, great Nick Drake and it's not hard to see why. His soft, sometimes expressionless vocals and wonderful talent on the guitar mean that Gonzalez will find it hard to escape the comparisons with Drake. But lets not sell Gonzalez short, Veneer is one of the best albums I've heard in the past few years and we can't start comparing everyone who picks up an acoustic guitar to Nick Drake. Some of the songs on display here are near perfection and its a shame that it took a television advert for him to make his name in Britain. True, "Heartbeats" is one of the standout tracks, but a man of his undoubted talent deserves better.
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