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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple acoustic melodies with echos of early folk, 17 May 2006
This review is from: Veneer (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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Initial post: 14 Apr 2008 08:53:36 BDT
J Ross says:
Having seen Jose in concert last week, if you like guitar finger picking you may want to check out Death Vessel, who was the supporting artist.

Posted on 29 May 2012 22:33:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2012 22:33:42 BDT
T. S. C. says:
I have been in love with the song 'Heartbeats' for ages when I heard it a while back on a car advert. Trouble was I couldn't remember the advert or the car and I didn't know who the artist was. So for months I have been sporadically checking all sorts of car adverts on youtube with no success, until today when I typed in beautiful song on Small teen, bigger world, because it had been on there once. someone left an: 'Jose Gonzalez; Heartbeats' I checked it on youtube and it was the song I've been trying to track down for ages! I'm gonna buy the album now...
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