Eddie Vedder, 'Ukulele Songs' (Monkeywrench)

Ukulele Songs
Critical Mass
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Label: Monkeywrench

by Josh Modell

Going against self-serious type, Eddie Vedder releases an album of -- truth in advertising -- ukulele songs, taking a breather from Pearl Jam's big-rock caravan. His unadorned plucking rings sweet and simple, supporting little love songs that rely mostly on Vedder's lovely baritone. Only "Can't Keep" and "Without You" could conceivably be expanded into PJ songs; the rest feel too weightless, though duets with Glen Hansard and Chan Marshall (on uke standard "Tonight You Belong to Me" via Steve Martin's The Jerk) are pleasant enough. If you've ever fantasized about Vedder singing you, or your kids, to sleep, consider your wish fulfilled.

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