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José González — Teardrop
Album: In Our Nature
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 2003









Released: 2007
Length: 3:11
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Feathers on my breath
Gentle impulsion shakes me makes me lighter
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath

Nine nights of matter
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire of a confession
Feathers on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my breath

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire of a confession
Feathers on my breath
Most faithful mirror
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath

You're stumbling a little
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 SmackDaddy wrote:
I didn't know the word "feathers" had 6 syllables.
 
I suppose it can when one sings it.  It is a singing technique which has been around for thousands of years.
I didn't know the word "feathers" had 6 syllables.
 crogers wrote:
Hmmm.  For me, part of what I find beautiful about the original is the quiet, wispy, almost conspiratorial delivery — as if Elizabeth is telling us a secret that is difficult to express, even more difficult to understand and perhaps, best not repeated.  It draws me in and makes me feel as if I could be a part of her inner circle.  All together, it makes for a fun listen.

Unfortunately, Jose, whom I generally appreciate, almost rips me a new one with his delivery.  It strikes me as loud, brash, unkempt and irresponsible — like someone repeating something that should be a secret... but too loudly, in the wrong company and with the wrong attitude.   

Or, I'm too damn sensitive today.  Could be that. 

 
That's what i thought too, but i have changed my mind once i heard Jose performing live this song, try to hear him live. Amazing. 
Merry Christmas José
He is an amazing songwriter - SO wish he would get his production figured out.
I really enjoy this version too...really nicely done.  Completely different{#Clap}
Good cover, but that’s what you’d expect from Jose!
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
It appears that many of the listeners are in need of a soul cleansing. Please find your peace, share your love, shed your negativity on this fine site of music and celebration. I seek to become more like Thumper, that great old statesmen rabbit that once proclaimed: "If you can't say something nice, don't say 'nuthin at all".

 
Sure, let's all sit in a big circle with a guitar around our neck and a sunflower up our butt, go "ohm-nom-nom", clap our hands and think happy thoughts. That just doesn't work for some of us when a given piece of music rubs us the wrong way. A few learn to love it, others ignore it, most hit PSD and the remaining handful of us jump the chance to bitch and moan about it.
{#Nyah} 

"You've got to tune out the worlds problems. Some use Stravinsky and Wagner - I prefer Smith and Wesson"
- The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), slightly paraphrased.


Why can't this song make its mind up?
It appears that many of the listeners are in need of a soul cleansing. Please find your peace, share your love, shed your negativity on this fine site of music and celebration. I seek to become more like Thumper, that great old statesmen rabbit that once proclaimed: "If you can't say something nice, don't say 'nuthin at all".
Still a good song.
 Webfoot wrote:

As opposed to "necessary" covers. . . .??

 
{#Lol}  The only "necessary" cover version I could think of was "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" by Jim Nabors.
"Hello darkness my old friend..."
Pffff..... from 4 to 3... to 2...to PSD!
Was this version really necessary?
I respect the attempt, but it doesn't work for me.
This crap can't hold a candle to Massive Attack. Too bad they ruined it by using it as a themesong to that fucking doctor show.
This guy is so overrated...
 nickshortie wrote:

totally unnecessary cover....

 
As opposed to "necessary" covers. . . .??
For a completely different, strange and absolutely beautiful cover of this, check out the modern choral arrangement by Voces 8...
What ever opinions anyone has about this cover, I believe anyone can admire the thing, that 100000 times accoustic songs have been covered electronically, but only very very very rarely crosses a song from the electronic realm into the accoustic realm as a cover. High rating for this singular move.
Here's a place where AutoTune would be useful - Massive Attack's version is so far superior, this would rate in negativeland, by comparison.
Rubbish cover of an excellent song. Stop playing this second rate trash and play the original instead.
 AlienRelic wrote:
Dreadful version of a boring song.

 
totally unnecessary cover....
Does nothing for me. Massive Attack is far superior with its haunting, thready vocals and sparse arrangment. Please stick to that one. BTW the 2016 Massive Attack release with Hope Sandoval is superb. Just my opinion.
 stunix wrote:

I agree, it is high gain but compressed and limited to the point of almost sounding clipped and slightly distorted.   shame, he is so delicate with everything else.  I guess he was busy playing while someone else was knob twiddling.

 
Agreed, way too much knob twiddling going on.
Wow!
Never heard a better cover.  
We'll done.
And nice pic guys!  
 crogers wrote:
Hmmm.  For me, part of what I find beautiful about the original is the quiet, wispy, almost conspiratorial delivery — as if Elizabeth is telling us a secret that is difficult to express, even more difficult to understand and perhaps, best not repeated.  It draws me in and makes me feel as if I could be a part of her inner circle.  All together, it makes for a fun listen.

Unfortunately, Jose, whom I generally appreciate, almost rips me a new one with his delivery.  It strikes me as loud, brash, unkempt and irresponsible — like someone repeating something that should be a secret... but too loudly, in the wrong company and with the wrong attitude.   

Or, I'm too damn sensitive today.  Could be that. 

 
Or you simply have a differently sensibility. In a way, I almost prefer this version. It imparts a driven power that the original only hints at.
 crogers wrote:
Hmmm.  For me, part of what I find beautiful about the original is the quiet, wispy, almost conspiratorial delivery — as if Elizabeth is telling us a secret that is difficult to express, even more difficult to understand and perhaps, best not repeated.  It draws me in and makes me feel as if I could be a part of her inner circle.  All together, it makes for a fun listen.

Unfortunately, Jose, whom I generally appreciate, almost rips me a new one with his delivery.  It strikes me as loud, brash, unkempt and irresponsible — like someone repeating something that should be a secret... but too loudly, in the wrong company and with the wrong attitude.   

Or, I'm too damn sensitive today.  Could be that. 

 
I agree, it is high gain but compressed and limited to the point of almost sounding clipped and slightly distorted.   shame, he is so delicate with everything else.  I guess he was busy playing while someone else was knob twiddling.
Made a song on my breath.
 stegokitty wrote:
Pretty. Sounds a bit like Junip.

 
A lot, I'd hope {#Wink}
Hmmm.  For me, part of what I find beautiful about the original is the quiet, wispy, almost conspiratorial delivery — as if Elizabeth is telling us a secret that is difficult to express, even more difficult to understand and perhaps, best not repeated.  It draws me in and makes me feel as if I could be a part of her inner circle.  All together, it makes for a fun listen.

Unfortunately, Jose, whom I generally appreciate, almost rips me a new one with his delivery.  It strikes me as loud, brash, unkempt and irresponsible — like someone repeating something that should be a secret... but too loudly, in the wrong company and with the wrong attitude.   

Or, I'm too damn sensitive today.  Could be that. 
Pretty. Sounds a bit like Junip.
I love how his strings are always just the sliiiiightest bit out of tune. Makes for a camp-y porch sound. Much more noticeable coming out of Morphine's In Spite Of Me, for whatever reason
Wow. Quite a cover. The intensity and reverb of a celestial choir!
 thewiseking wrote:

A good cover should add something.

This one elevates. Like some sort of shamanic chant. I imagine tens of thousands singing along with a bonfire raging!



 
exactly !
Makes me happy happy happy {#Roflol}

A good cover should add something.

This one elevates. Like some sort of shamanic chant. I imagine tens of thousands singing along with a bonfire raging!


Great  song, thanks! {#Hearteyes}
Me likey like, yeah!{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Sunny}
This is a good cover. It brings something different, gentle and powerful.
Or reasonable version of an awesome song.  You say potato, I say no mate its music.
Dreadful version of a boring song.


Dreadful version of a beautiful song.
Very impressive version.
Nicely done

On first listening
 kenhull wrote:
GREAT VERSION of this great song! Wow Jose, nice work!

 
{#Clap}
 Eric_Gustafsson wrote:
Music from Sweden.......{#Bananapiano}

 
Are you sure, O Viking, that you'd not prefer to use another icon? {#War}

RP does have a 'thing' about Scandinavian music, with all the great Scandinavian artists played on here. A 'thing' which I share. 8 from the Scandophile Nottingham jury.
I like the Walter Mitty Soundtrack but everything else is awful.
Music from Sweden.......{#Bananapiano}
 stephw wrote:
I like the original too much to give this cover any consideration

 
So this is before I discovered Jose Gonzalez (thanks RP) and am now a huge fan, so I take my comment above back and give this a big fat 8.
7 -> 8.
GREAT VERSION of this great song! Wow Jose, nice work!
Love this entire set of music! Love it whenbyou stretch people a bit. Don't let the haters get you down!
 
 kcar wrote:

Hugh Laurie. Great actor. Early in his career, Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the epitome of an upper-class twit and polar opposite of his character in "House."

Hugh Laurie looking just like a shocked dog eating a cupcake 

There is vigorous debate as to whether dog was smarter than twit. My money's on the pooch.  

 
Thank you kcar for biting on my sorry-ass attempt at a troll, and for doing so with the hilarious bit of BBC memorabilia.
Blondie vs. Philip Glass — Heart of Glass
The Lost Fingers — Billy Jean
Jose Gonzalez — Teardrop

Can we skip the copypasta and get back to regular music?
Thank you
I like the original too much to give this cover any consideration
Awesome Cover '8'

Everything Jose Gonzalez does is gold
 handyrae wrote:
I would never have figured out this was a cover of the Massive Attack song if it weren't for the comments below. I'm not a huge fan of covers, but this one is fantastic. Gonzalez reinvents the song into a something that is new, fresh and compelling.

 
Nope. Poor cover, weak insipid vocal and no balls at all..............
I would never have figured out this was a cover of the Massive Attack song if it weren't for the comments below. I'm not a huge fan of covers, but this one is fantastic. Gonzalez reinvents the song into a something that is new, fresh and compelling.
 kcar wrote:

Hugh Laurie. Great actor. Early in his career, Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the epitome of an upper-class twit and polar opposite of his character in "House."

Hugh Laurie looking just like a shocked dog eating a cupcake 

There is vigorous debate as to whether dog was smarter than twit. My money's on the pooch.  
 

Heck of an author, too, as it turns out.  If you haven't read "The Gun Seller" yet, give it a shot.  Great stuff.  

As for this song, sorry, but no.  I'll take Massive Attack.   
 kcar wrote:

Hugh Laurie. Great actor. Early in his career, Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the epitome of an upper-class twit and polar opposite of his character in "House."

Hugh Laurie looking just like a shocked dog eating a cupcake 

There is vigorous debate as to whether dog was smarter than twit. My money's on the pooch.  
 
{#Roflol}{#Roflol}{#Roflol}{#Roflol}{#Roflol}
Covers?  meh.  This one?  Godlike.
Started off expecting to hear "Hello Darkness my old friend."

Good tune
 SinisterDexter wrote:
 kcar wrote:

Hugh Laurie. Great actor.... (from House)

Also, a very accomplished musician/vocalist...
 
Oh!  Right-o — doesn't he have an album coming out?  Or going on tour?  I thought I heard that somewhere.  Enjoyed his music performance bits on House — added deeper dimension to the character.  EDIT:  guess it came out May 2011, I missed the memo on that one....
This is technical perfection with heart. 10+
 kcar wrote:

Hugh Laurie. Great actor. Early in his career, Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the epitome of an upper-class twit and polar opposite of his character in "House."

Hugh Laurie looking just like a shocked dog eating a cupcake 

There is vigorous debate as to whether dog was smarter than twit. My money's on the pooch.  
 
Don't forget the Black Adder !  A far cry from House.
I, too, love the original, but if you don't play guitar and sing, you can't understand how fearless this cover is.

Brilliant and beautiful. IMO. 
i don't think this needed to be done.
Not as good as his usual stuff or the original but still not too bad.
A great cover of one of my favourite songs originally sung by (the goddess) Liz Fraser. A 9 in my books.
 lshinkawa wrote:
Like Massive Attack's version better
 
I agree. But this one is still pretty good.
 kcar wrote:

Hugh Laurie. Great actor.... (from House)

Also, a very accomplished musician/vocalist...
What a beautiful song!
Jose can you see by the dawns early light...  Perfection.  10.  A rare cover I will applaud.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Hey! This sounds like the same song from tv's "House." I love that british actor, what's his name? Hugh Jackman?
 
Hugh Laurie. Great actor. Early in his career, Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the epitome of an upper-class twit and polar opposite of his character in "House."

Hugh Laurie looking just like a shocked dog eating a cupcake 

There is vigorous debate as to whether dog was smarter than twit. My money's on the pooch.  
Hey! This sounds like the same song from tv's "House." I love that british actor, what's his name? Hugh Jackman?
 SinisterDexter wrote:
He has the oddest album covers. Does he design them himself?
 
i doubt it.....probably paid somebody

He has the oddest album covers. Does he design them himself?
Like Massive Attack's version better
nice homage to a beautiful song, but not as good as the original. Why do I think of men in kilts on a wild scottish moor when listening to this version?


Okay - I'm voting for a "Torture RP Listeners" set. ALL the versions of this song, one after another. With apologies before and after the set.  And then, another "Torture RP Listeners" set with "Alleluia."   Possibly a contest - listeners vote for their favorite version and the winners of the most popular version get a mug, or a T-shirt, or a really cool thing to post at their websites. Or money.  Money would be good, too.

Suitable warnings should apply, of course, and during the time some RP listeners will flee the scene and possibly get homework done or a room rearranged, beverages and food should be offered. 
Good, but I definitely prefer the MA version.  
 derekd wrote:
Massive Attack's original was off the charts great. But in my opinion, a cover should be someone else's interpretation altegother, and I feel this is an outstandig rendition as such.
 
I agree that a cover should be the other artist's interpretation, though I find Jose's just okay.

I do, however, love Civil Twilight's "Teardrop" cover: https://www.myspace.com/civiltwilightband/music/songs/teardrop-72476885


 derekd wrote:
Massive Attack's original was off the charts great. But in my opinion, a cover should be someone else's interpretation altegother, and I feel this is an outstandig rendition as such.
 
nailed it. {#Cheers}
That was painful.
Love me some Jose Gonzalez!
 derekd wrote:
Massive Attack's original was off the charts great. But in my opinion, a cover should be someone else's interpretation altegother, and I feel this is an outstandig rendition as such.
 
I've been listening to RP for about 5 years, always loved this song, think of it as the "clanging on the pipes" song.  Also have always loved Massive Attack's version. So I guess it's a tribute to both band's unique cover of this song that it was only a few months ago that I realized they were the same song!


took my breath away...I heard this song in a way I never have before and I love Massive Attack no doubt. Thank you (once again, RP) for given me a delightful aural experience. {#Yell}
 Imkirok wrote:
Hello darkness, my old...

Oh wait.  Never mind.

 
haha, I heard that too

Just had to bump this from 8 to 9. I do love a cover version that really reinterprets the original and makes something new of it. Otherwise, why bother? (Note, I love the original as well.)
Massive Attack's original was off the charts great. But in my opinion, a cover should be someone else's interpretation altegother, and I feel this is an outstandig rendition as such.
 vesta0424 wrote:
What is that picture on the album cover?
 
{#Think}  Mothman?

 Cynaera wrote:
So - who actually wrote this song, and who performed it originally? I've got four versions of it, but I'd love to hear the ORIGINAL.  Whatever versions I've heard, I love, of course - Newton Faulkner's is my favorite, with Massive Attack's version second...
 
Massive Attack is the original, and yes they wrote it — it appears on their stunning 1998 album Mezzanine with Elizabeth Fraser on vocals.  I love the original — and Elbow's cover 2nd.  Jose is meh, okay I guess.

So - I went back through four pages of comments, and apart from a lot of snarky words about "the original," I read only a few that actually referred to Massive Attack as the original performer.  I like Newton Faulkner's cover, and of course, Massive Attack has the market cornered, but who wrote the song, and was it Massive Attack that originated it?

he aint no Liz Fraser.
 raelic wrote:
Turns a modern classic into a poorly sung dirge.
This should be tarred, feathered, quartered, buried and the ground on top of it sprinkled with holy water.
 
{#Roflol} I don't agree with your sentiments, but love their expression :)

Hello darkness, my old...

Oh wait.  Never mind.

I actually knew of this version before I had ever heard the original by Massive Attack (I bought "In Our Nature" a couple of years ago, and only heard Massive Attack's version a few months ago). Perhaps because of this, I actually like Jose's cover as much as, maybe even a little more than, the original. I prefer his voice to the original singer's for the song...my two cents, anyway.

It would be really cool to hear his singing mixed with the music from the original.
Turns a modern classic into a poorly sung dirge.
This should be tarred, feathered, quartered, buried and the ground on top of it sprinkled with holy water.
 laprincessa wrote:
WOW, I thought Massive Attack wrote this song. ...
 
Uh, they did...

WOW, I thought Massive Attack wrote this song. Had no idea there were other versions out there, either. 

This is an interesting version, but MA's version still chills my bones.  
7 > 8
What is that picture on the album cover?
I have a version by Newton Faulkner that just knocks my socks off!  I have to admit, though, that Massive Attack's rendition is still my favorite, for now... {#Daisy}
 dctrpunda wrote:
would've been interesting to see how This Mortal Coil would cover this song.
 

I LIKE THAT IDEA!
 tapatia1072 wrote:
Interesting rendition - and somewhat likable - but pales in comparison to the Massive Attack version.
 
My thoughts exactly.
would've been interesting to see how This Mortal Coil would cover this song.
Interesting rendition - and somewhat likable - but pales in comparison to the Massive Attack version.
 gjeeg wrote:
It's like Jose Feliciano doing Light my Fire....
 

funny, but unfair and untrue. Feliciano was a hack, his Light my Fire was like Pat Boone doing Tutti Frutti!
It's like Jose Feliciano doing Light my Fire....
I really like this song - doesn't matter which version.  I also like the album cover for "In Our Nature."

Love this song!  by Jose, by Newton, by Massive Attack, even by the Section Quartet.  Good Stuff.
Insipid
Beautiful, heard the Massive Attack version, this is amazing though!


excellent...  love it...


Not really my thing, much prefer newton faulkner's cover or the original.
I actually like this version better!{#Clap}
 plaice3 wrote:
How could anyone have the courage to cover this song?  But it is, truly, excellent. 
 
yes it is. i say nay to the naysayers - it's an original interpretation, which i think covers should be