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José González | Vestiges & Claws | Mute | ★★★

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After two solo albums and another two with his folk rock band, Junip, it's not hard to predict the simple beauty one will get from José González. His fingerpicking on the acoustic guitar is eloquently frenetic; his vocals so gently and earnestly soothing. Yet it seems like he learns a couple new tricks every time he comes back from making an album with the band. This new album has a few more overdubs. "Which Will," a generational protest song in search of a protest, gets downright funky. "Afterglow" completely owns in 7/4 time. "Leaf Off/The Cave" is anthemic (though a tad overlong). With a new José González album, you seem to keep getting an increasingly better version of more of the same, and that certainly ain't a bad thing. — Anthony Dean Harris

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