I’ve spent the past day listening to Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs“. I like to think that somewhere out there Raul Ibanez is doing the same thing. And maybe, just maybe the two of us could share a Fivel “Somewhere Out There” moment while listening.
That aside, I should probably start from the beginning. Although, it’s not a crazy concept to breakdown and understand. “Ukulele Songs” is a collection of stripped down originals and covers played by Mr. Vedder on….wait for it…wait for it…there you go.
When I first heard “Longing To Belong” about a month ago I fell in love. I had extremely high hopes. It touched me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Similar to what Untitled from Yield did over a decade ago. It was raw emotional Vedder which is when he’s at his best.
I’m not sure what I expected once the album finally arrived yesterday. It’s certainly songs that are played on a Ukulele. They certainly are raw. Most of them touching in the same way as the single. But something is off about this.