Maluhia

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
If the concept of Hawaiian Christmas music suggests anything to the average person, it may be a memory of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters' 1950 recording "Mele Kalikimaka," which certainly wasn't one of Crosby's bigger Christmas hits, but still gets a few plays every holiday season. Hawaiian singer Keali'i Reichel doesn't cover that song on his Christmas album, Maluhia, but not because he is a strict tradtionalist. Actually, like his non-seasonal CDs, this one contains a mixture of Hawaiian traditional material, new originals by Reichel or his musical associates, and covers of adult contemporary material; for the season, he also adds some conventional Christmas ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
If the concept of Hawaiian Christmas music suggests anything to the average person, it may be a memory of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters' 1950 recording "Mele Kalikimaka," which certainly wasn't one of Crosby's bigger Christmas hits, but still gets a few plays every holiday season. Hawaiian singer Keali'i Reichel doesn't cover that song on his Christmas album, Maluhia, but not because he is a strict tradtionalist. Actually, like his non-seasonal CDs, this one contains a mixture of Hawaiian traditional material, new originals by Reichel or his musical associates, and covers of adult contemporary material; for the season, he also adds some conventional Christmas songs like "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night." Anyone who has trouble reconciling the artist's interest in singing in Hawaiian with his affection for, in this case, the music of the Carpenters and Amy Grant simply hasn't been paying attention to his career so far. Reichel loves soft rock and middle-of-the-road pop along with his native music, which he also likes to update, and his albums always combine these elements. What makes it all work, here and on his other discs, is his tenor voice, which has a slight vibrato he uses for emotional effect. Slipping Maluhia on in a stack of Christmas CDs may add a slightly exotic flavor to a Christmas celebration, but it won't be jarring. In fact, this is a soothing collection of music for the most part.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Punahele Productions
  • UPC: 702681122520
  • Catalog Number: 11225
  • Sales rank: 12,076

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keali'i Reichel Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jamie Lawrence Guitar
Nancy Masaki Cello
Jeff Peterson Guitar
Ben Vegas Guitar, Background Vocals, Spoken Word
Karen Bechtel Cello
Glen Smith Vocals
Hung Wu Violin
Jim Kimball Guitar
Stacey Tangonan Percussion
Mark Butin Viola
Manu Boyd Vocals
Chris Kamaka Vocals
Maila Gibson Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Jones Bass
Stacey Tangonan Percussion
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Amy Grant Composer
Matt Catingub String Arrangements
Chris Eaton Composer
Randy Goodrum Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Keali'i Reichel Composer
Robert Lowry Composer
John Barlow Jarvis Composer
Fred Krauss Producer
Jim Linkner Producer, Engineer
Ben Vegas Composer
Frank Pooler Composer
Jim Kimball Producer
Puakea Nogelmeier Composer
Tony Hugar Engineer
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