Given Pearl Jam's longstanding refusal to play by music industry rules, March's announcement that frontman Eddie Vedder had recorded a solo album backed only by ukulele was unlikely to have raised many eyebrows. Comprising songs Vedder wrote a decade ago but never released, plus a reworking of Pearl Jam's "Can't Keep" and a handful of covers (most notably an effortless-sounding "Dream a Little Dream"), it's a pleasingly coherent collection, Vedder's baritone nicely offsetting the trebly instrumentation. It's unlikely to appeal to the unconverted, but the likes of "Satellite" and "Longing to Belong" have genuine charm.
Phil Mongredien works on the Guardian's opinion desk. He also reviews albums for Q magazine