Liverpool 8 - Ringo Starr
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  • Summary: Ringo returns to Capitol Records to work with long-time producer Mark Hudson. But after a falling out, David A. Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics, ends up finishing the record.
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  1. The music, co-produced by Dave Stewart, plays up his jolly charm.
  2. The album relies equally on gleaming pop craftsmanship and on Mr. Starr’s charm, which are not always enough to redeem the more saccharine moments.
  3. While his talent as a lyricist may leave something to be desired, you can't fault the guy for his dedication to putting a smile on the listener's face.
  4. He has nothing to prove. Yet, for those same reasons, the simplicity and humble warmth of Liverpool 8 are even more disarming.
  5. If you can deal with the nostalgia factor, it’s a pleasant but unremarkable disc.
  6. The need for peace and love animates Ringo's worldly concerns - four of the disc's dozen tracks mention "love" in the title - but they come across as little more than catchphrases aimed at the flower-power generation.
  7. The major problems with his 14th solo studio album are Starr himself, and Dave Stewart. [Feb 2008, p.102]

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  1. ÍtaloD.
    Feb 7, 2008
    10
    Ringo at his best. This album is also so good or better than Time Takes Time, Ringo Rama and Ringo, is much better than Vertical Man and others 70' and 80' Ringo's albums. Now I think both Liverpool 8 and Choose Love are the TOP Ringo Starr albums. Expand
  2. JackW.
    Feb 1, 2008
    10
    This is certainly as great as any of his comeback works: "Time Takes Time", "Vertical Man", "Ringo Rama", & "Choose Love". Those albums signaled an incredible comeback story for Starr. If Ringo wasn't involved they be great eclectic pop albums. They were, for the most part, the work of the Mark Hudson led collective known as the Roundheads. The new album was started with Hudson, and it has the same great signature feel...like a cross between The Traveling Wilburys, and The Rutles (and that is meant as the highest compliment). Starr has matured and matured as a writer, and his heartfelt and deepeningly Spiritual messages are delivered in clever and enticing ways. Only his 1973 album "Ringo" is outright better than this one. While I may have a personal preference for "Time Takes Time", it'd be hard to choose a "best" album from anything of the quintet of albums he's released during this wonderful Autumnal renaissance. Expand
  3. TomB
    Jan 16, 2008
    10
    Go get em Ringo, you're still A BEATLE!!!
  4. JoanneP.
    Feb 7, 2008
    10
    This album has a wonderful collection of songs on it,this is Ringo Starr at his best. Liverpool 8 and R U Ready are already favorites.Keep going Ringo,you Rock!!!!!! Expand
  5. Frank
    Jan 17, 2008
    9
    A very pleasant listen. It's great to hear songs that are positive: You'll have a smile on your face when you are done.
  6. BrandonS.
    Jan 25, 2008
    7
    Dave Stewart lives out his Beatles fantasy - and good for him! The new single, which Stewart wrote, along with Ringo's lyrics, is a perfect pop song: catchy, full of hooks, and FUN, something pop music has been missing for a long time. Expand
  7. GuyH
    Jan 21, 2008
    1
    Luckiest man in pop. Rubbish drummer, rubbish song writer, rubbish actor, ugly mug, tragic sense of humour, over inflated opinion of himself... and he still has a career in the entertainment industry. Fair play. Expand

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