While traditional Hawaiian music has been enjoying something of a revival in recent years, this small album from John Keawe comes a bit earlier than much of the slack key heard in the spreading of Hawaiian music. That said, it certainly doesn't predate slack key's virtuosos. The key to the album is in an attempt to relax the listener. With this in mind, the tone is warm but restrained, never quite leisurely, but very close. Also because of the tone, there are very few of the virtuosic passages that have come to the forefront in recent slack key recordings. Just a simple, relaxed series of works on a solo slack key guitar. Nothing more, nothing less.
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AllMusic Review by Adam Greenberg