Eddie Vedder, lead singer and frontman of the legendary Pearl Jam is about to drop his second solo album, which from all reports is based entirely around his vocals and a smooth sounding ukulele. Vedder recently credited world surfing champion Kelly Slater for encouraging him to release a ukulele album.
There’s no mistaking Vedder’s trademark melodic charm and charismatic tones when listening to the first single from the forthcoming album. Longing to Belong is a vibrant yet mellow tune that I have already completely fallen in love with.
The album, conveniently titled “Ukulele Songs” brings together a collection of original material and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele.
It’s a big year for Eddie Vedder and the other members of Pearl Jam as it’s their 20th anniversary. Pearl Jam were a big influence on me as a youngster; releasing unforgettably timeless tracks such as Better Man, Evenflow and Daughter back in the glory days of their VS and Ten albums. Watch out for re-released special edition CD and vinyl versions of those albums later in the year also!
The album “Ukulele Songs” is released on the 30th of May 2011.
The first single “Longing to Belong” is of course already available for download on iTunes.
Stay tuned for a full album review on my blog ASAP!