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José Gonzáles – veneer

Posted on: March 14, 2010

When this record was released 2003 I had to write a review about it for a music magazine and there were only 3 days left until the deadline. I don´t remember exactly why, maybe I wasn´t in the right mood for it or just hadn´t the time to listen to it extensive enough, but I wrote a very capricious review. Not a bad record, but nothing special. Only a few days after the deadline I realised that this was a very foolish rating. Which should warn you about the so called music critics on the one hand, but also give you another good advice: take some time for José Gonzáles and I am sure you will recognize the beauty in it.

González is  a swedish singer-songwriter with argentinean parents who plays music informed by british and latin american, especially brazilian  folk-pop. This guy is one serious talent and his music feels confined by the city in a very strong way, which let´s  “Veneer” burst out of the folk. A striking collection of hushed and autumnal songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum, this is more than a Simon & Garfunkel or Nick Drake repackage, every piece  is rich in its own bare beauty.



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