THE ROLLING STONE REVIEW: Taj Mahal Hanapepe Dream

Having connected the blues to West African griot songs and just about every other indigenous music on earth, Taj Mahal returns to the placid chiming sounds of Hawaii, where he lived for two decades.
Hanapepe Dream surrounds Mahal’s gritty, road-roughened voice with elegant slack-key guitar lines and the ukulele textures of Hawaiian folk.
Some tracks are pleasantly innocuous, but there are several treasures, among them a brisk “Stagger Lee.”

TOM MOON
(RS 928, August 7, 2003)