Still searching for some good ukulele albums for your 2014 year-end playlist? Critics at The Guardian, MOJO, and The Bay Bridged love the new debut album by Sylvie Simmons — and after listening to it on Spotify (see stream below), we wholeheartedly agree.

On Sylvie, the London-born, San Francisco based songwriter transforms the happiest instrument in the world into a vehicle for her bluesy songs full of startling beauty and intimacy. Simmons is best known as a music journalist and the author of acclaimed biographies about Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen, but her future as a musician looks equally bright.


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