- 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 (101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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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This is not a review for the album as it is one of my favourite of all time. The product though was flimsy, scratched and packaged in a beat up sleeve cracking at the sides. Read morePublished 2 months ago by GY2711
Really fast delivery and it was packed together with other items which I prefer.Published 2 months ago by Jade Leigh Shaw
Bought this a while back for my sister.. Not really my thing but she likes it...Published 3 months ago by AJS
Really good quality, larger than I expected which is good and much sturdier than it looked in the picture. Withstood Hurricane Katy without moving!Published 10 months ago by susansz