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This review is from: Veneer (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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Initial post: 16 Dec 2013 23:46:51 GMT
T. S. C. says:
Excellent review Muhammad, I agree with everything you've said. There really isn't a bad song on the album and none of them are fillers are they, just great songs that take you somewhere you may have never been before. I think he has more of a Nick Drake feel than a Bob Dylan feel myself, but I feel Jose wouldn't mind being compared to either, or both for that matter! An absolute winner of an album. And like you, I first got into him hearing the unbelievably off centre 'Heartbeats' too.
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