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José González, ‘In Our Nature’ (Mute)

Peter Gaston // October 12, 2007

This sophomore set from the Swedish acoustic troubadour is undeniably pretty, but ultimately doesn’t hint at much more. Expanding on the elegantly melancholy voice-and-guitar of his debut album, Veneer (released in the U.S. in 2005), he adds percussive bits and multilayered vocals to “Killing for Love.” But “Time to Send Someone Away” settles for a docile nod to Brazilian pop. And the best song here — building on González’s rep for serene covers of dance-oriented tracks (the Knife’s “Heartbeats,” Kylie Minogue’s “Hand on Your Heart”) — is a gentle rendition of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.”

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