Ukulele Songs CD (2011)

Artist: Eddie Vedder

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Eddie could do Better

on 6/30/2011

Ukulele lovers eat you hearts out. For the rest of us...pass. It just isn't good. I would expect this coming from some unknown artist, but I thought Eddie Vedder could deliver more. Unfortunately I was very wrong. 3 things I notice wrong with this album. 1. Very Elementary 2. All songs sound the same 3. The lyrics don't resound to listeners. I really feel like these are one of those love/hate albums, and I sincerely hate it.

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 221201209
UPC 602527694757
UPC 14 00602527694757
Format CD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Author Eddie Vedder
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Watt, Mike
Associated Artist/Work Watt, Mike (Bass)
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Bob Mould
Artist Influence Bono (U2)
Artist Influence Bruce Springsteen
Artist Influence Frank Black (Rock)
Artist Influence Henry Rollins
Artist Influence Jim Morrison (Doors)
Artist Influence Joe Strummer
Artist Influence John Doe (X)
Artist Influence Michael Stipe (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Influence Mike Watt (Bass)
Artist Influence Neil Young
Artist Influence Pete Townshend
Artist Influence Robert Plant
Artist Influence Robin Zander
Artist Influence Roger Daltrey
Artist Contemporary Art Alexakis
Artist Contemporary Chris Barron (Rock)
Artist Contemporary Chris Cornell
Artist Contemporary Courtney Love
Artist Contemporary Darius Rucker
Artist Contemporary Dave Grohl
Artist Contemporary Ed Crawford (Gospel)
Artist Contemporary Evan Dando
Artist Contemporary Jerry Cantrell
Artist Contemporary John Popper
Artist Contemporary Kevin Martin (Candlebox)
Artist Contemporary Kurt Cobain
Artist Contemporary Mark Lanegan
Artist Contemporary Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty)
Artist Contemporary Scott Stapp
Artist Contemporary Scott Weiland
Artist Contemporary Stephan Jenkins
Artist Contemporary Thurston Moore
Technical Info
Engineer Adam Kasper; John Burton; Sam Hofstedt
Producer Eddie Vedder; Adam Kasper
CatalogID BOO15587
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 05/31/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 34m : 43s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602527694757
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Eddie Vedder; Adam Kasper.
Recording information: Avex Studio, Oahu, Hawaii; Studio X, Settle, WA.
Photographers: Stefen Mentil; Jason Decaircs Taylor; Danny Clinch.
There is no irony in the title of Eddie Vedder's first full-fledged solo album: these are indeed songs performed on a ukulele, an instrument uncommon but not unknown to rockers. George Harrison was a well-known advocate of the small four-string instrument, and Vedder's hero Pete Townshend once cut a lovely little gem called "Blue Red and Grey" on ukulele, a song that could easily slide onto this gently ramshackle collection of covers, re-recordings, and new tunes. To say that this is a minor album is to dismiss its intimacy and miss its appeal: Vedder's self-imposed curse is that he takes everything very seriously indeed, so to hear him without the weight of the world on his shoulders is disarmingly inviting. He has nothing more in mind on Ukulele Songs than singing, whether it's with duet partners Glen Hansard and Cat Power or just on his own, tossing out love songs, something he generally has avoided with Pearl Jam. Vedder never has been ashamed of his bleeding heart -- it's something that grounds Pearl Jam even when they're in full-blast bombast mode -- yet it's refreshing to have a record where that heart is pushed toward the center, beating fully and proudly on his lightest, sweetest album yet. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Artist Overview
Best known as singer for Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder had his musical beginnings in the San Diego funk-rock band Bad Radio. Passed a tape of instrumental tracks played by former Mother Love Bone guitarist Stone Gossard, Vedder recorded a newly written set of lyrics, sent the cassette to Seattle, and the rest is alternative rock history. In the years following Pearl Jam's monumental 1991 debut, TEN, Vedder earned a league of followers with his distinctive baritone, but limited his solo work to two songs with Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the soundtrack for the 1996 film DEAD MAN WALKING. Vedder released his first solo album, a low-key, meditative soundtrack to the Sean Penn-directed INTO THE WILD, in 2007.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his uke-suffused album stands up because he adapts the instrument to his idiosyncratic needs -- see the Who-style riff on 'Hey Fahkah.'"
Spin (p.106) - "His unadorned plucking rings sweet and simple, supporting little love songs that rely mostly on Vedder's lovely baritone."
Billboard (p.52) - "UKULELE SONGS finds the Pearl Jam frontman matching his signature baritone and a touch of falsetto with the wistful filigree of his chosen four-string to record his tales of heartbreak and the hopeful blush of new love..."
Disc 1
1 Can't Keep
2 Sleeping by Myself
3 Without You
4 More Than You Know
5 Goodbye
6 Broken Heart
7 Satellite
8 Longing to Belong
9 Hey Fahkah
10 You're True
11 Light Today
12 Sleepless Nights
13 Once in a While
14 Waving Palms
15 Tonight You Belong To Me
16 Dream a Little Dream
Product Attributes
Artist Vedder,Eddie
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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