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Local Valley

José González

Local Valley

Fourth album from the Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter was self-produced

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  1. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It’s sleepy, acoustically sound, and definitely worthy of its place in González’s already impressive catalogue
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  2. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Local Valley becomes a place where melody and mystique are woven well in tandem and relentless reflection gives way to a sense of clarity and comfort. Be assured the depth of devotion is never in doubt
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    A reassuring wonder of tranquility and understatement
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Local Valley is positive, engaged, almost rousing. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A beautiful listening experience
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  6. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    On his eclectic yet connected new release, José González sounds both like his talented self and a man that has grown mentally in the last six years
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  7. 7.6 |   Northern Transmissions

    González’ thoughtfulness is so tangible that even when something doesn’t quite work, it doesn’t feel like a failure
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Even when José González is strumming chords, he holds the spaces between strokes to create drama and nuance. There’s always something going on beneath the music
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    González hasn’t changed much since his 2003 debut ‘Veneer’ but his fans won’t be disappointed by his new project and will surely be glad to have new songs after waiting six years
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  10. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    González remained almost admirably unmoved by the passage of time; as softly thoughtful as ever
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  11. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s an album that scores highly on philosophy and intellectual curiosity, providing a welcome moment of relief from the frenzy of modern life
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  12. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    After six years, the Swedish singer-songwriter returns with another soothing album of sweet indie-folk murmurs. Spare electronic beats bring a new pulse to his sound, but the voice remains the same
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  13. 6.0 |   Mojo

    An even, easy pleasure from start to finish. Print edition only

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