In Our Nature Review

In Our Nature Review

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José González

Balls. That's what's helped José become the milllon-selllng artist he is today. Some 250,000 bouncing balls to be precise, as that's how many were use in the Sony ad last year that used his cover of 'Heartbeats' by fellow Swedes The Knife as its soundbed. Gonzalez's fractured, reedy voice, married to softly-plucked acoustic guitar, propelled 'Veneer' into the Stratosphere, and its successor doesn't veer far from that template as it's inoffensive, easily digestible and difficult to dislike. On 'Killing For Love' Gonzalez comes disturbingly close to rocking out (albeit acoustically) on a tango-tinged campfire round while an inspired cover of Massive Attack's 'Teardrop' ends in a bout of violent string-plucking. José Gonzalez isn't the first person to rely on luck to sell records. But when compared to most of the others, only the bitter and twisted would deny his talent. Stephen Worthy