Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2013
Eddie Vedder has said this solo outing began with no intention of the music going public, for understandable reasons: A solo ukulele record from the leader of one of the great alt-rock bands of the last quarter century doesnt exactly brim with marketing potential. The narrow musical scope carries with it both freedom and isolation, and the nakedness of the sonic palette -- this is truly folk chamber music -- also leaves him emotionally exposed, lending power to songs of separation, alienation, romantic yearning and vulnerability. Who knows? Perhaps this experiment will inspire him to take on that last bastion of uncharted rock-star territory: Accordion Anthems.