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Listenable,but not what many would have you believe
on 26 June 2006
I'm about tired of the comparisons with Nick Drake. Gonzalez is no Drake; the only similarities that can be drawn (and they're tenuous ones) lie in certain of the cyclical guitar figures. That aside, the songs and the singing don't really compare. Gonzalez' songs sound like variations on a theme -a looped-up motif from say, one or two of Drake's songs- and listened to 3 or 4 times, all sound rather the same, coalescing into one body of quite pleasant but unengaging music with little narrative lyric-wise. Every one of Drake's songs, on the other hand, has its own individual character, is a story about someone walking (or floating over) a varied landscape of their own emotional experience.
Also the voice whilst owning a similar wistful dynamic, is quite thin and over the whole of 'Veneer' is double-tracked to give it more substance. So don't buy it for the hype as it will fall short of expectations, but buy it for providing a pleasant acoustic ambience, not as a soundtrack for the hours of your days.