In Our Nature

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  • Summary: Known for his appearance on Zero 7's album, he releases the follow-up to his debut.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
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  1. The singer's gentle vocals and Spanish-meets-classical guitar style make a quietly compelling match, especially so on his sophomore CD In Our Nature, easily the best work--either as a solo or contributing vocalist--that he has released to date.
  2. Despite the fuller arrangements the whole package remains haunting: pristine on the surface with an uneasy core.
  3. Minor gripes aside, however, Jose Gonzalez has crafted a fine album of rare beauty that seamlessly blends righteous indignation with delicate musical panache; a tough balancing act, to be sure, but one that negates the need of a safety net.
  4. Jose Gonzalez may not be doing anything any differently, but he's also not doing very much wrong.
  5. In Our Nature’s fingerpicked reveries, sonic gentility and lugubrious vibe might tug at your eyelids, but be warned: Its heavy-hearted sentiments are hardly the stuff of dreams.
  6. These songs are never less than lovely, but they're never really more than lovely either.
  7. Spin
    This sophomore set from the Swedish acoustic troubadour is undeniably pretty but ultimately doesn't hint at much more. [Oct 2007, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. RobertS.
    Nov 10, 2007
    Brilliant simplicity, with some catchy hooks that hang around long enough to become earworms!
  2. Adelaide
    Nov 3, 2007
    Jose's music comes to life on this fabulous album.
  3. JohnM.
    Oct 1, 2007
    Very intelligent record.
  4. JasonJ
    Dec 6, 2007
    This record is my only J.G. experience. 'Moody', 'Cerebral', 'Atmospheric' are all appropriate adjectives. If I This record is my only J.G. experience. 'Moody', 'Cerebral', 'Atmospheric' are all appropriate adjectives. If I were arch, I'd say that if Cat Stevens, the band America, and Jerve Villachez could spawn a love child somehow, that that would be a pretty good description of J.G.'s sound. I don't know anything about record production, but I'm pretty sure that this record would have been better if it had a producer with better ears, someone to clean up some of the muddiness of J.G.'s guitar work and to lay off the reverb for an already haunting sound. An enjoyable album. The songs are shockingly short and proletarian poetic. Enjoyable. Expand
  5. Czar
    Nov 22, 2007
    Beautiful album, Down the line Teardrop really blew me away.
  6. AndrewA
    Oct 7, 2007
    It's just too similar to Veneer, yet not as great.