11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a heartfelt, backward-gazing feel to Ringo Starr’s 18th studio album, and, within the tropes of classic rock ’n’ roll, it’s done extremely well. There are hints of raga (“You Bring the Party Down”), reggae (“Island in the Sun”), piano balladry (“Not Looking Back”), and full-on nostalgic pop (“Rory and the Hurricanes”). The zydeco-flavored Van Dyke Parks co-write “Bamboula” is a witty turn that recalls Harry Nilsson, and “Confirmation” could’ve been The J. Geils Band. His All-Starr band, including Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, and others, lend musical hands and songwriting co-writes. And Ringo’s voice hasn’t aged a day.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a heartfelt, backward-gazing feel to Ringo Starr’s 18th studio album, and, within the tropes of classic rock ’n’ roll, it’s done extremely well. There are hints of raga (“You Bring the Party Down”), reggae (“Island in the Sun”), piano balladry (“Not Looking Back”), and full-on nostalgic pop (“Rory and the Hurricanes”). The zydeco-flavored Van Dyke Parks co-write “Bamboula” is a witty turn that recalls Harry Nilsson, and “Confirmation” could’ve been The J. Geils Band. His All-Starr band, including Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, and others, lend musical hands and songwriting co-writes. And Ringo’s voice hasn’t aged a day.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
89 Ratings
89 Ratings
Jim Cutler

Ringo Keeps Growing as an Artist

The first three preview songs are great. Well done sir. Ringo was one of the two Beatles who were natural born musicians, Ringo was born with a clock in his head. The other two became superb musicians, too, but Ringo and Paul were BORN with it. And every modern band today that does a Beatlesque new song ALWAYS has Ringo-style drumming. You can’t sound Beatles without him. It’s a happy year when a strong solo album comes out from the guys, this one sounds great so far.

Madan Gopal

True Star(r) Power!

These 3 tracks have already indicated this will be a lovely release. Ringo continues to grow as an artist. Well done. Also, congrats on heading to Hall of Fame. Yes, it's about time, indeed.

DisneyLover4Life

The three availables are fantastic

Ringo's doing it again, this guy has the talent now. i just wish it would come out sooner than march 31st

About Ringo Starr

As The Beatles’ resident court jester, Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey, on July 7, 1940, in Liverpool, England) was initially known as much for his jokes as his drumming, shooting off one-liners to the press as effortlessly as he triggered the rapid-fire tom-tom rolls that open “She Loves You.” And his rare lead-vocal turns—whether the droll reading of Buck Owens’ country standard “Act Naturally” or the kid-friendly fantasia of “Yellow Submarine”—only amplified that playful personality. But as The Beatles transitioned from teen idols to experimental artists, Ringo’s backbeats formed the rock-solid foundation from which John Lennon leapt into psychedelic surrealism, Paul McCartney built his cinematic art-pop suites, and George Harrison explored Eastern mysticism. Whenever you hear a rock band described as “Beatlesque,” they’re often emulating one of Ringo’s bouncing-ball grooves; artists like the Beastie Boys and The Chemical Brothers retrofitted his most booming breaks for the rap/rave age. While Ringo may have continued to cultivate the image of jovial entertainer in his solo work, there’s still so much more complexity behind his humor. He uses it as a balm on the 1973 hard life lesson “It Don’t Come Easy,” which he cowrote with Harrison, and he gives voice to Lennon’s bitingly sardonic lyrics on “Goodnight Vienna” and “I’m the Greatest.”

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