Monday, January 17, 2011

Shimabukuro's latest full of peace, love, and yes, ukelele

Jake Shimabukuro - "Peace Love Ukelele"
Hitchhike Records
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4 / 5

So then, you think you know everything about the ukelele. Not until you've heard Jake Shimabukuro's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," the infectious cover from 2006's album of the same name (YouTube it!). How does "Peace Love Ukelele" measure up to that high water mark? It's still good, it's still an impressive talent on display, and it still gives solid originals and covers (one of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," strangely enough). And while Mr. Shimabukuro is in excellent form, we're going to suggest that "Gently Weeps" is still our favorite; nonetheless, "Peace Love Ukelele" delivers all that: peace, love, and ukeleles. This album showcase a powerful musician who has settled in with a diverse setlist, and we suggest you try out "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Hallelujah." Strongly recommended if you want to kick back, turn the heater on "blazing," and quaff Hawaiian drinks in this icy weather. Mini-umbrellas strongly suggested.

Visit Jake's site and listen to samples of  "Peace Love Ukelele"

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