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REVIEW: Ringo Starr's new album `Y Not`

Hey Gang,
 
Well it's that time again for another new Ringo Starr album. And January 2010 will bring his latest effort "Y Not" to a store near you. Like many other Ringo albums, he gets by with a little help from his friends. Albums musicians and co-writers include Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Steve Dudas, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Mike Bradford, Bruce Sugar, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, Richard Marx, Ann Marie Calhoun, Tina Sugandh, Glen Ballard, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Nicholson, Gary Wright, and Gary Burr. And for the first time ever, Ringo Starr is the producer. Here's the track by track review.
 
 
01. Fill In The Banks - (3:14)
Written by Ringo & Joe Walsh. Nice up tempo rocker to start the album. Drums are very up front in the mix as well as Walsh's guitar. One of the album's better efforts.
 
02. Peace Dream - (3:35)
Definitely liking this after multiple listens. A slow tempo with a great sentiment. "No need for war no more, better things worth fighting for". Macca lends the bass line. Also a lyrical shout out to John Lennon...."Just like John Lennon said in Amsterdam from his bed one day the world will wake up to see......reality". "Can you imagine if we give peace a chance, the whole world could be living in harmony...one day our dream can be reality". Very nice second track
 
03. The Other Side Of Liverpool - (3:24)
Drum driven song. Song is autobiographical.  Lead line says 'The other side of Liverpool is cold and damp, only way out there is drums, guitar and amp" . Mentions Rory Storm "and Roy if you're listening, thanks for all you've done" Mid to up tempo number with a nice groove.
 
04. Walk With You - (4:42)
Starts with nice strings. Paul lends bass and backing vocals. Song about the power of friendship. Co-written by Ringo and Van Dyke Parks. Nice sentiment and the song is definitely growing on me. Ringo exclaims "I'll always be there beside you".
 
05. Time - (3:50)
Funky little groove at the beginning of this one. "Forget about yesterday, this is the best day of your life". Not the strongest of songs but definitely an enjoyable listen.
 
06. Everyone Wins - (3:54)
Well, this one will sound familiar as a bonus track from "Time Takes Time" which was originally produced by Peter Asher. Different arrangement, a little busy for my blood as I really like the original version but this one is growing on me. Having said that, the song is still has the instant likeable effect.
 
07. Mystery Of The Night - (4:06)
Slow tempo song. Could fit in with "Time Takes Time". Another song that has a good feel. Really like the drum and guitar fills.
 
08. Can't Do It Wrong - (3:45)
A slow temp country western feel. Well, you know it couldn't last for ever. Probably the weakest song on the album. Ringo exclaims "As long as I sing it, I can't sing it wrong". Well, this comes close for sure. Positive lyrics and some nice saxophone and brass help out but not my favorite song on this album.
 
09. Y Not-(3:50
The title track. Mid tempo drum driven track. An average Ringo track but the jury's out on this one.
 
10. Who's Your Daddy - (2:29)
An up tempo rocker with Joss Stone's soulful vocals. Ringo asks "Who's your daddy" to which Joss answers "Not You!" A little cringe worthy on the lyrics "you give me chicken wings, I want diamond rings"
 
All in all, pretty fun listen but the last three may be a bit of a struggle. I'd give Ringo a solid "B" on this effort as there is more than enough for repeated listens that I think Ringo fans will like it as a whole.
Last Updated: 12/29/09 12:57
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by Nowhere Fan : Norwegian Wood January 7, 2010 7:05 AM EST (Guest)  click to register
don`t want to hear the record before I get myself a copy on January 12. It`s a lot more exciting to put a brand new record in the player than to hear it on the Internet. My preference though. I see no reason why it should be bad. Ringo is a professional musician and what professional musicians do is making music and records. Every Ringo album is from good to great. Bad music? That`s when people who aren`t very musical is making music. Liking Ringo`s music or not, is just a matter of taste. He is a musical legend. : )
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by 2 of 3 : Canada January 6, 2010 11:29 AM EST (Guest)  click to register
How good is this album? How about...as good as what Paul has been producing lately. Yup...it`s very good. AND if Walk With You doesn`t bring a tear to your eye hearing Ringo and Paul singing together...you ain`t a Beatle fan. There is not sinker on this album...and I`ve been listening to it for almost a week now. YES...I will buy this album/ AND ...RIngo the producer? Who`d a thought. In fact...Paul should let him produce his next album....it is so clean and fresh.... Ringo vocals are great and his drumming is top notch. RIngo....you get an A from me.
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by Nowhere Fan : Norwegian Wood January 1, 2010 10:03 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
I`m looking forward to it ... : )
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by Dr Waldo : Los Angeles CA USA January 1, 2010 7:36 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
I love it!
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by Lazarus_2 : Australia December 31, 2009 1:20 PM EST (FUNsite member)
Disagree, the track Y-Not may go down as one of his best ever tracks.
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by Nowhere Fan : Norwegian Wood December 29, 2009 8:37 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
Well, he forgot to review the sound, the production. That`s probably what I`m the most curious about. The Mark Hudson produced albums have been very LOUD and noisy. I hope Ringo has toned down the overproduction (at least to my taste) and go for a more organic sound. The lyrics "you give me chicken wings, I want diamond rings" could have been cool if he had it around to the less obvious: "You give me diamond rings, I want chicken wings". Sounds more fun to me. And more original too. Not that I have anything against feminine looking men, but I don`t think I could wear a diamond ring without blushing myself. It`s too posh for me. (Sorry, Ringo. ; )
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Well it's that time again for another new Ringo Starr album. And January 2010 will bring his latest effort "Y Not" to a store near you. Like many other Ringo albums, he gets by with a little help from his friends. Albums musicians and co-writers include Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Steve Dudas, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Mike Bradford, Bruce Sugar, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, Richard Marx, Ann Marie Calhoun, Tina Sugandh, Glen Ballard, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Nicholson, Gary Wright, and Gary Burr. And for the first time ever, Ringo Starr is the producer. Here's the track by track review.