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Veneer

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Slow Moves
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:52  
02
Remain
Artist: José Gonzàlez
3:45  
03
Lovestain
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:17  
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Heartbeats
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:40  
05
Crosses
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:42  
06
Deadweight On Velveteen
Artist: José Gonzàlez
3:26  
07
All You Deliver
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:20  
08
Stay In The Shade
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:22  
09
Hints
Artist: José Gonzàlez
3:52  
10
Save Your Day
Artist: José Gonzàlez
2:30  
11
Broken Arrows
Artist: José Gonzàlez
1:58  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 30:44

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Interview: Jose Gonzalez

By James McNair, Contributor

Journeys into the spotlight don't come much stranger than that of José González, a Swede of Argentinean descent who gave up hardcore punk and a career in biochemistry for spare, Latin-tinged folk. His enchanting 2003 debut Veneer raced off shelves in Sweden from the get-go, but it was exposure gained from a TV commercial (you know: that one wherein 250,000 coloured balls bounce down an empty street in slo-mo) that turned international audiences on to… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Don’t let the name fool you; singer/songwriter José González is a Swedish-born and -raised son of Argentine parents. His debut album, Veneer, is a striking collection of hushed and autumnal indie pop bedroom songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum. González is definitely a member of the “quiet is the new loud” school as founded by Elliott Smith and the Kings of Convenience. Veneer is about as intimate as they come; it sounds like he is sitting right on the end of your bed singing just for you. At times, González is a little more forceful than most of his schoolmates, often working himself into a tightly spinning ball of emotion (as on the driving “Lovestain” and the bluesy “Hints”). At these moments his voice is reminiscent of Mark Kozelek, only without the wild flights of pretension. Mostly though, he is content to cruise along on mellow vocals double-tracked behind gently plucked and strummed acoustic guitars. The beautiful “Heartbeats,” “Deadweight on Velveteen,” and the gently rollicking “Stay in the Shade” are the high watermarks of a remarkably focused and promising debut. González is a welcome addition to the q-school of indie pop. – Tim Sendra

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