Which of Eddie Vedder's "Ukulele" songs rock the most, so to speak? Here's our Twitter-length track-by-track review of each song.
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1. "Can't Keep" - EV reverts this '02 Pearl Jam rocker to its natural state; a furiously strummed uke & his big voice, proving dark songs can come from sunny instruments.
2. "Sleeping By Myself" - The first of the album's overt songs of outright/overt heartbreak, "I should have known there was someone else..."
3. "Without You" - Eddie and his four-string are up all night again, musing on "healing over the scars that we've collected from the start" rather than giving up.
4. "More Than You Know" - A bittersweet 1929 Rose & David love song. "The little bit of love that I get may be all that you can give but I can't live without it."
5. "Goodbye" - Vedder sings with quiet devastation about losing someone after "half our lives together," but its the whisper at the end that just kills you.
6. "Broken Heart" - Ed pits his baritone against his uke's gentlest tones in a deceptively simple song of ultra-sad stoicism, "I'm alright/it's just a broken heart."
7. "Satellite" - A breathy, double-tracked paen to patience in love and all things, inspired by West Memphis 3 inmate Damien Echols' marriage.
8. "Longing To Belong" - Romantic hope begins to glimmer, with strings and falsetto, as Vedder shares, "I'm falling harder than I ever fell before."
9. "Hey Fahkah" - Just a brief, whimsical expletive-laden interlude.
10. You're True - A song after "Longing," he's head over heels. Having found 'the one' he's "at home in my own skin / I'm like an ocean whose tide's come in."
11. "Light Today" - A surfer's mantra, complete with sandy footprints and waves, with Eddie choosing hope over lost love, intoning, "I'll bleed but I won't break."
12. "Sleepless Nights" - Vedder, who once sang with Beck on this 1960 Bryant & Bryant gem, blends here perfectly with Swell Season's Glen Hansard, he of ideal lovelorn duets.
13. "Once in a While" - Eddie fully inhabits this 1937 Green & Edwards cover about being content with only memories if she'll at least think of him. So melancholy.
14. "Waving Palms" - A dulcet, brief instrumental. With uke. Of course.
15. "Tonight You Belong To Me" - EV harmonizes in his sweetest register with an equally sweet Cat Power, transporting you straight to some jazz-age Hawaiian lawn party.
16. "Dream A Little Dream" - Try on Vedder's take on this olden, familiar love tune if you think Tom Waits has cornered the market on gravel-throated Depression-era sounds.