Hanapa'a 0803


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Review Text From a new group made of a number of small-band veterans comes this album of Hawaiian sounds with Times Five. There's a deliberate display of the range of styles available in their repertoire. The songs bounce between more traditional Hawaiian sounds (a number of the musicians have roots in Hula Halau), contemporary island music, and country music. As such, the record isn't particularly coherent, but still relatively enjoyable. The contemporary Hawaiian pieces tend to fall somewhat flat, sounding similar to much of the competition on the market. The traditional works have their ups and downs, with some worthwhile skill being displayed, but are somewhat uninspired. Oddly enough, the country numbers are perhaps where the band is at its best, both instrumentally and vocally. Mark Yamanaka's yodeling is something to make Roy Rogers jealous, and the guitars and steels do a fine job of following along with the songs, both the dance numbers and the ballads. The attempt at Jawaiian comes off somewhat overproduced, but not bad as a basic jam session sort of song with synthesizers thrown in. Give the quintet a listen or two as one of the newer groups on the contemporary scene with ties to the older forms. The band isn't at the level of any of its peers in the respective genres separately, but does a fine job being pretty good in all of the genres at once. ~ Adam Greenberg

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Hanapa'a - 5:49
  2. 2. Ka Beauty A'o Lana'i - 4:32
  3. 3. One More Day - 4:02
  4. 4. School's Out - 3:07
  5. 5. Kona Moon - 3:16
  6. 6. Pa'Ani Kolepa - 3:50
  7. 7. Heartlight - 4:29
  8. 8. Country Ha'i - 3:00
  9. 9. We Danced - 4:13
  10. 10. Reggae Medley: I Shot the Sheriff/So Much Trouble in the World - 5:03

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