Ringo tries to rekindle past magic in ‘Y Not’
By Marc Basham
| Published: Monday, January 25, 2010
Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010
Like many people, I was raised listening to The Beatles.
When I heard Ringo Starr was releasing a new solo album, I knew the sounds of my childhood would be resurrected.
With his first album since 2008’s critically acclaimed "Liverpool 8," Starr has taken a new direction with his music in "Y Not" and, with a little help from his friends, Starr aims to quench fans’ musical thirst with a well-written, creative album.
The first thought going into this album for anyone would have to be: "Does Paul McCartney make an appearance?"
For those still living within the realm of Beatlemania, Starr and McCartney do collaborate on "Y Not" with the song "Walk With You."
With catchy lyrics, a good beat and a nostalgic feel, "Walk With You," shows fans Starr has not completely lost his musical talent, unlike other artists from his generation.
McCartney’s presence on the track, simply adding backing vocals on the chorus, isn’t a make-or-break aspect of "Walk With You."
It’s a good track, with or without the head Beatle in the background.
The guest appearances don’t stop at McCartney, who also provides the bass line in the track "Peace Dream."
The opening track, "Fill in the Blanks," features help from former Eagles frontman Joe Walsh.
With a more electric sound on this album than any of his previous efforts, Starr seemed to enlist the best of the best in this area, and it really shows in "Fill in the Blanks."
Walsh’s heavy guitar playing adds to the song and provides a previously undiscovered sound for Starr, one that really highlights his abilities.
Pop star Joss Stone also makes an appearance in "Y Not," pulling a writing credit in "Who’s Your Daddy," and Stone outshines the former Beatle by leaps and bounds on the track.
Unfortunately, the track highlights a weakness in Starr’s vocal abilities.
In "Who’s Your Daddy," little editing was done to avoid altering Stone’s amazing vocals, but the track showcases Starr’s weakened abilities.
It’s evident throughout the album that Starr’s vocals have been touched up a bit thanks to the modern wonders of editing.
But hey, it is not like he was The Beatles’ lead singer to begin with.
Since the breakup of the "Fab Four," Starr has maintained his celebrity status, continuing to release albums on a regular basis.
In the end, he is still Ringo Starr, and there are few band things to say about him or his "Octopus’s Garden."