Review : Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature
MusicomhA chronically shy Swede, whose entire album consisted of hushed acoustic ballads, may not have seemed one of the more sure-fire commercial propositions a couple of years ago.
Yet, thanks to a several hundred bouncing colourful balls on a Sony advert, José González became one of the more unlikely success stories of last year, due to his soundtracking the ad with his version of The Knife's Heartbeat....full text
PitchforkmediaThey say the true measure of a great song is whether it still sounds as good when you strip the accompaniment down to a solo acoustic guitar. They, of course, are full of shit. This year alone, a bunch of my favorite songs-- Chromatics' "In the City", let alone Lil Mama's "Lip Gloss"-- have been more about texture and rhythm than melody. José González might still be best known for his unplugged cover of the Knife's "Heartbeats", but with this Swedish singer-songwriter, lack of adornment means something different than just showing a song's bones....full text
StylusmagazineThereís something strangely endearing about José Gonzálezís morose and fatalistic croons on In Our Nature. Maybe itís his underwhelming vocal range making each song comfortably singable. Maybe itís how the album sounds simultaneously familiar, yet alien. Or maybe itís because González sounds as if he truly feels what heís singing, asking you to share his downtrodden temperament through his soft-spoken moans.
In any case, you can rest assured that José González is a friend; the roommate that will listen to you bitch about how McDonaldís got your order wrong. All he asks in return is reciprocated friendship and a bit of time to listen to his problems. In Our Nature is just such a moment....full text
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