Ukulele Songs

Ukulele Songs

by Eddie Vedder


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2011
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527694757
catalogNumber: 001558702
Rank: 35404

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Vedder   Primary Artist
Chan Marshall   Vocals
Glen Hansard   Vocals

Technical Credits

Vincent Youmans   Composer
John Burton   Engineer
Fabian André   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Regan Hagar   Layout
Gus Kahn   Composer
Adam Kasper   Producer,Engineer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Eddie Vedder   Composer,Producer
Sam Hofstedt   Engineer
Jerome Turner   Concept,Layout
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Lee David   Composer
Chris Worswick   Instrumentation
Jason Decaircs Taylor   Sculpture

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Ukulele Songs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HaveADaisyDay More than 1 year ago
If you love Eddie Vedder you will love this album. It's gentle yet powerful.
trippyrocker More than 1 year ago
All depends on your cup of tea. That's about all i can say for this album. In short, if you like the ukulele you will like the album and if your an Eddie Vedder fan on top of it, you'll be like a pig in s**t. Eddie's sophomore solo album is composed of 16 songs all ranging between 1-3 minutes. They sound alike and have literally no instrument backing. The song lyrics are random with the melodies repetitive. This is without a doubt the hardest album I've had to review so far. Simply because it is so different, and unlike anything Eddie or PJ have put out before. Thats pretty much all i have to say. The songs are no were near to the point where they can be dissected. Just a man and his ukulele. So why not give it a listen to until the next Pearl Jam album?
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