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80
PopMatters: 

It's a grown-up album for grown-up fans; rest assured, Vedder isn't finished raging, but he does also have to sing his kids to sleep.

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75
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 

It's a feather-light lark from a dude known for depth.

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75
LOS ANGELES TIMES: 

The instrument's intrinsic sweetness seems to head off any inclination to succumb to despair, and contrasts evocatively with his sandpapery, quavery vocals.

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73
Paste Magazine: 

Why foist all of this upon a fanbase that's gracefully aging right along with you and is thus a little more malleable than either of you were in your mid-twenties, a little more open-minded, a little more down for whatever? The answer, clearly, is "Why not?"

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70
ROLLING STONE: 

The ukulele doesn't allow for the widest range of expression, which makes it a challenging foil for Eddie Vedder, who never met a feeling he couldn't drive through a wall. But this uke-suffused album stands up because he adapts the instrument to his idiosyncratic needs.

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64
Pitchfork: 

Like a lot of Vedder's experiments, the spirit is easier to admire than the final product. The ukulele might be a great campfire instrument, but sometimes what works best at the campfire should stay there.

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60
Spin: 

If you've ever fantasized about Vedder singing you, or your kids, to sleep, consider your wish fulfilled.

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