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Y Not Give This A Try.
on 1 February 2010
Let us be honest. I doubt that Ringo Starr dances around the room when he receives the sales returns for whatever he releases; with a ready made outlet, I would imagine it's more a case of giving him something to do rather than banking the royalties. (I'm sure he manages to get by on the cheques received from the back catalogue of that group he used to play with.) Moreover, we know that he knows that. However, that isn't to denigrate anything the man does. He is well aware that he isn't blessed with the best of singing voices, but what he does is tailor made for the Starr vocal chords, and this latest offering carries on that tradition.
Looking at the ten tracks in isolation, the backing for each is tip top, as it should be with a line up that includes Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart and Don Was, and to be candid, it's the musicianship that pulls this a few rungs further up the ladder than it would otherwise occupy. Okay, the vocals aren't much and the words are the simple couplets that we're used to from Mr Starkey, but you'll find yourself tapping your feet to quite a proportion of the tracks here. `The Other Side Of Liverpool' name checks some older friends and is similar to his `Liverpool 8', amongst other things mentioning his mum and dad. `Who's Your Daddy' is a vehicle for Joss Stone with Ringo chanting the title and getting in a single line somewhere in the middle. In my own humble opinion, the title track is the best, complete with Indian chanting and musical backing. 'Fill In The Blanks', whilst reliant on some searing Joe Walsh guitar, is a decent opener.
On this, his sixteenth studio album, the song that has generated the most interest is `Walk With You' what with McCartney on additional vocals. Unfortunately, that's all it is, and whilst they do add something to the song, anyone could have had the same effect. What does let down this set is the inlay; it's nothing more than a double sheet with song credits. The least to be expected are the words!
The strange thing with Ringo's releases is that you find yourself playing them more times than you would imagine. Though his following know what to expect, it's a shame this won't be heard by a wider audience than that of his loyal fan base.