10/20/2010

The steady rain storm of José González.

First three adjectives that come to mind when listening to this album:
Uncomplicated
Serene
Beautiful

Three favorite songs on album:
How Low
Teardrop
Cycling Trivialities


Listening to In Our Nature by José González is much like watching a steady rain storm approach in a desolate area of Wyoming. There's a peaceful warmth, a tender yet raw undertone, and a slight tinge of anxiety.

The album produces a steady, centered flow of singer-songwriter tracks. González's style is minimalist and lo-fi. No intense electric guitars, heavy bass, or thundering drums. Just an acoustic melancholy troubadour.

Lyrically, the album delves into themes such as war, selfishness, love and the dark side of human nature. The lyrics convey a subtly sinister undertone that slowly oozed into my consciousness after multiple listens.

One of the album's highlights is a cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop." González does Massive Attack justice with his version. It's a sparse, intensely beautiful track. One of the best covers that I've ever heard.

In Our Nature is a fascinating album. It doesn't push boundaries but delivers a mighty sound without too much indulgence. Ideal for a soothing rainy day.


Album design:
Exquisite. The album design reflects the delicate musical vibe of In Our Nature—simple yet appealing in color scheme, paper selection and font choices. 

(Disclaimer: This album was given to me for free by the people at Imperial Recordings) 
 
Next Up:
Agent Ribbons, Chateau Crone (2010)






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