Yesterday NPR did a segment on him, and I think it's worth noting.
Putting His Hand on the Heart of Music
An Argentine dad who loves Brazilian music, a Swedish childhood listening to Western pop, a stint in a hard-core metal band ... that['s the curious pedigree of singer-guitarist Jose Gonzalez, who can bring a hushed, haunting quality even to Kylie Minogue's pop hit "Hand on Your Heart." His music, well-known in Europe, is now finding an audience in the United States.
The story also includes a World Cafe segment about him from April 11, 2006. I haven't listened to it, but the "Set List" makes me think that the segment will include four of his songs.
I think it's also worth noting that his album Veneer has an AVERAGE rating of 5/5 stars from 23 reviews on Amazon and an AVERAGE rating of 5/5 stars from 20 reviews on iTunes.
Hushed and haunting is a great way to describe much of his music. However, he's a very versatile artist. I really think that anyone who thinks that "alternative" is the right way to describe her music tastes will like José González and should check out his music.