Veneer

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Don't let the name fool you; singer/songwriter Jos? Gonz?lez 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. Gonz?lez 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, Gonz?lez 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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
A Nick Drake manqué without -- we hope -- the suicidal tendencies. (B+)
Los Angeles Daily News - Fred Shuster
1/2 González's warm melodies are so strong and the hushed delivery so pure and serotonin-deprived, "Veneer" quickly becomes one of the most addictive debuts of recent memory.

1/2 González's warm melodies are so strong and the hushed delivery so pure and serotonin-deprived, "Veneer" quickly becomes one of the most addictive debuts of recent memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596932421
  • Catalog Number: 9324
  • Sales rank: 4,332

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slow Moves (2:52)
  2. 2 Remain (3:45)
  3. 3 Lovestain (2:17)
  4. 4 Heartbeats (2:40)
  5. 5 Crosses (2:42)
  6. 6 Deadweight on Velveteen (3:26)
  7. 7 All You Deliver (2:20)
  8. 8 Stay in the Shade (2:22)
  9. 9 Hints (3:52)
  10. 10 Save Your Day (2:30)
  11. 11 Broken Arrows (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
José González Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Stefan Sporsén Trumpet
Technical Credits
José González Producer, Engineer
Elias Araya Artwork
Mikko Hellsing Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful...in a hushed and intimate way

    Jose Gonzalez has delivered a gem... masterful guitar, delivered as if he were performing in your living room by the fire. The songs are enchanting and thought-provoking. What "Stay in the Shade" EP hinted at, the CD delivers from cut to cut. You must buy this, dismiss the clang of the world, and drink it in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing

    This album is absolutely amazing. Jose Gonzalez's guitar playing is so soft and lovely, which complements his vocals perfectly. If you are yearning for a more personal approach to music, Jose Gonzalez is your man.

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    Posted November 11, 2008

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