I just discovered this music 2 days ago and I am blown away. “That One Album” is one of the best conceptual albums I heard in a while. When you listen to this album, you can feel the atmosphere of each song. This Ukulele duo’s music is happy, it’s quirky, it’s peculiar, unconventional, just a little wistful in places and it’s wholly inspiring. I am amazed by how each song flows so well with the next, and this album tells little stories that are a treat for the ears. Those Two People, or rather, Sam Brown and Miadora McGill, are a ukulele duo from New Hampshire.
Between the Roaring Twenties strum and the plinky-dink sound of their ukuleles, Those Two People construct real songs with varying dynamics. They use the sweet simplicity of the ukulele as a great counterpoint to the complex, harmonies and emotions that make up the backbone to these songs.
That they can create such a tender, powerful, uplifting and beautiful set of songs, on a ukulele no less, is just astonishing. If you think you can handle something stripped down to the bone and personal, then give this a go. The songs are distinct on a first listen, and many are full of beautiful melodies that catch your attention the first time and stay in your head until you hear them again.
In recent years, the Ukulele has suddenly become a very hot instrument and a number of artists have included its sound in their music. “That One Album” is maybe the first album in a long time devoted almost exclusively to the Ukulele – apart from the superb leading vocals and harmonies. Limited in the sound that it can produce, the ukulele challenges the artist to get the most out of every note.
Those Two People for the most part are successful in getting every bit of feeling from this small instrument. By far the best songs are “All Accounted For”, “That Song”, “Adventurer’s Tale”, “Live Before I Die” and “Take That Chance”. Here they milk the Ukulele and their voices for all its worth.
Obviously not everyone is going to like what they hear. “That One Album” may have a limited appeal but it is certainly going to draw a good deal of attention. For those that take the time to listen, they will be surprised at the hidden gems in this album. This album showcases the ukulele’s inherent playfulness and combines that with in the intimacy of the lyrics and the addicting contrasts of the male-female vocals. It is very stripped down but it is full of appealing energy and emotion, yet laid back at the same time. It is really great to just sit and listen all the way through. It moves quickly as each song averages just on or over three minutes.
Quite simply, Those Two People grab a tiny little Hawaiian string instrument known as the Ukulele and gives us a big treat, entitled “That One Album”.