Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop
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Soothing and romantic, a little bit of Aloha in my home.
Sheri in Reho | Rehoboth Beach, DE | 04/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this up on my recent visit to Maui, and I hit the jackpot!! I love every song, whether in English or Hawaiian (and I LOVE that they give you all the Hawaiian lyrics so you can learn to sing along--and trust me, you'll want to!). There are a few familiar tunes blended in among the Hawaiian ones, such as the Beatles' "In My Life." Keali'i's voice is beautiful...and while his music makes me sad because I miss Hawaii, at least I can have a little bit of Aloha in my home to soothe my soul until I am fortunate enough to be in Hawaii once again."
A wonderful contemporary Hawaiian CD
Sheri in Reho | 11/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Keali'i Reichel's music has always been more accessible to the average tourist than that of other Hawaiian artists. On this CD, he includes both songs in English and songs from the Mainland redone in a Hawaiian style. A good buy for people wanting an introduction to Hawaiian music, but not wanting something too foreign. I like to play it for Mainland friends who wonder what Hawaiian music is, if it isn't awful touristy reggae-ish cheese."
A new Hawaiian master!
Todd F. Kelley | Portland, OR United States | 12/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want the best of Hawaii, go no further. Keali'i Reichel is professional, masterful, insightful, committed and innovative. Many of his songs are in the Hawaiian language, beautiful and lyrical. He also has English-language songs that are a significant cut above a lot of the other English-lyric stuff coming out of the islands. You can hear the kindness of his soul, his love of the land and his committment to the music coming through in every song.
A lot of Hawaiian albums include songs complaining about the lot of Hawaiians since the haoles began buying up their land. While I certainly sympathize with their plight, I have to say it is refreshing to me that Keali'i doesn't use his artistry to voice this message. By writing and performing pieces in the old language with authentic instruments, he voices the real strength of his people. This is something that must be preserved, and he does his part without complaint or protest. The beauty and strength of his culture is self-evident.
If you want to hear some fantastic Hawaiian music, chanting and heartfelt aloha, buy this album NOW!"