Alone in IZ World

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The late Israel Kamakawio'ole, known to his many fans simply as Iz, was a consummate Hawaiian with a wonderful voice and accomplished ukulele technique. This posthumous release of some unplugged performances, enhanced arrangements, and previously unreleased songs is definitely for his legion of admirers. While best known for his native Hawaiian songs, Iz covered a lot of ground, and three of the most affecting tracks here are standards: his take on "Mona Lisa," starting alone, then with a full arrangement behind him; the nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"; and a most unusual version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" which shouldn't work in his style, but quite ...
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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The late Israel Kamakawio'ole, known to his many fans simply as Iz, was a consummate Hawaiian with a wonderful voice and accomplished ukulele technique. This posthumous release of some unplugged performances, enhanced arrangements, and previously unreleased songs is definitely for his legion of admirers. While best known for his native Hawaiian songs, Iz covered a lot of ground, and three of the most affecting tracks here are standards: his take on "Mona Lisa," starting alone, then with a full arrangement behind him; the nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"; and a most unusual version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" which shouldn't work in his style, but quite stubbornly does. His angelic pipes seem capable of working around any material and doing it justice (although it should be noted "Starting All Over Again" and "In This Life," with full-on synths behind him, definitely go for saccharine overkill). But he's perhaps at his best when he's at his simplest -- just him and his ukulele -- whether on the strummed "Panini Puakea" or the delicate and mysterious "La Elima," which relies on his gentle picking. On the classic Hawaiian song "Opae E," the guitar backing fleshes out his work without overpowering it, a gentle filigree around his voice. To those who love Iz's albums, whether his solo work or as part of the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau, this stands -- certainly for the most part -- as a wonderful, thoughtful addition to his catalog, highlighting most the stunning purity of his voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Big Boy Records
  • UPC: 761268590725
  • Catalog Number: 5907
  • Sales rank: 9,745

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Primary Artist, Ukulele, Vocals
Barry Flanagan Guitar
Melvin Amina Guitar
Technical Credits
John Golden Mastering
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Executive Producer
Jon de Mello Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice sound

    Nice and soothing. Iz has a good voice and this combines nicely with the music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    relaxing

    this album is happy, cheerful and very uplifting!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Fantastic

    It's a wonderful way to appreciate Hawaiian music from the legend Bruddah IZ. It's a jumble of emotions and a great experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings Tears to my Eyes

    IZ has such a wonderful voice and overwhelming talent that his music brings tears of joy, wonder and sadness to me when ever I listen. I am utterly in awe of this man whose life was so short. I can't seem to stop singing the tunes to myself all day long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bruddha IZ is relaxing as well as inspiring

    I have lived in Hawai'i for three years and have moved to Ohio. I listen to his music at work and it makes me feel like I'm back on the shores of Oahu. It is very relaxing and calming to listen to his voice I would reccommend it to anyone. I like all music but Hawaiian music is so tranquil and meditative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING!!

    This is an outstanding album! I own several if Israel¿s albums and this is one of the best. It¿s a pleasure hearing the different versions of some of the songs on other albums. It¿s a must for everyone to own!

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    Posted February 20, 2011

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