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“I try to pick songs that aren’t that obvious,” José told The Fader in 2006 regarding his cover choice.
His signature touch of warm fingerpicked melody and lilting vocal has also reworked Kylie's achingly longing Hand On Your Heart, Bronski Beat’s Small Town Boy, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and Massive Attack’s moody Teardrop. Each is inventively reworked.
But there’s no doubt his first recorded cover benefits from the nylon-string González treatment the most. “It’s a matter of listening to songs and finding the harmony that defines them,” José told TinyMixTapes of his approach to doing acoustic covers, “and then hold on to that as much as possible. It takes a little effort.”