"Her second album is considerably different in both tone and purpose. Living in Hawai'i Style is instead a collection of Hawaiian songs -- some traditional, some native, and indeed, some from the pen of Laurel herself, a longtime resident of the 50th state. Although a few have (most notably jazz guitarist George Benson), ha'oles (or "gringos") have not traditionally been accepted with ease into the wider Hawaiian musical community. But Laurel proves herself acutely in tune with the nuances, subtleties, and details of traditional island styles, and the gorgeous open-key melodies or her original tunes are tailor-made to Hawaii's deep legacy of slack key guitar. Without debating the notion of authenticity, it can at the very least be said that Living is a supremely humble and giving album, both toward the listener and toward the Hawaiian musical history that it upholds and extends. That it goes well beyond is the album's most endearing grace. Far from playing shallow and dilettantish, Living is, in fact, a paradisiacal love letter to Hawaii's musical lore and to the place the artist calls home, and it could not honor the tradition any more than it does." (label info)
in stock | JP| 2005| EM RECORDS | 15.90

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