Y Not - Ringo Starr
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  • Summary: The latest solo album for the Beatles drummer features Paul McCartney on the track "Walk With You," as well as guest vocals from Joss Stone, Ben Harper, and Richard Marx.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. At this point, Starr’s limitations as a vocalist and a songwriter are well known. But if you’ve been on the Starr trip thus far, Y Not shouldn’t jostle you off.
  2. The heart of the 10-song collection comes from his continued exploration of how to hold onto noble ideals in the face of ever-rising cynicism and violence.
  3. The big guns are firing again on his newest release, Y Not, and to good effect.
  4. His 16th studio album, Y Not--recorded with a cast of all-stars including Paul McCartney and Joss Stone--is full of straightforward, sweetly melodic tunes, most of them about Starr's abiding optimism.
  5. There is charm to Starr’s tried and true: exciting it is not but it’s as comforting as an old friend who doesn’t change, he just stays the same.
  6. Ringo solo album... Come back! It’s not that bad!
  7. Flush with broad sentiment and a messy spread of good feelings, Y Not finds the funniest Beatle on the outside of the joke.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. ScottW.
    Jan 17, 2010
    This new Ringo album is really the best work he has recorded in years. There's not much pop music here, just rock. It's also an fun and encouraging listen. It's nice to be able to hear Ringo still at it here in 2010. Expand
  2. BenM.
    Apr 13, 2010
    Great album from start to finish, invoking the feeling of light 60s rock all over again. The collaboration with Paul McCartney is an absolute joy to behold. Ringo may be slated as a poor singer when compared to the 3 other Beatles, but in such company he was always going to. If you compare this album to a lot of recent artists, he more than holds his own as a great musician AND vocalist. Thank you for a great Rock and Roll album Ringo! Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2013
    I have always been a fan of Ringo's music (except for perhaps the late 70's) and I think this album is the best he has had in a long time. After the split with Mark Hudson, people were expecting something new from Ringo, and that's exactly what he did. His duet with McCartney was superb and I can't wait to see what he does next. Expand
  4. HannahP
    Mar 3, 2010
    Loved most of the songs on the album! Favorites are defiantly "Walk with you" "Time" "Other side of Liverpool" "Fill in the blanks" and "Mystery of the night" Didn't really like "Who's your daddy" I felt it didn't really fit in with the rest of the songs. Expand
  5. Leon
    Feb 1, 2010
    Very good album.
  6. linclink
    Jan 20, 2010
    The single, "Walk With You" is great, but it's also, by far, the best track on this not so good album. I've loved everything he's done from "Time Takes Time" to "Liverpool 8", but this is where the comeback streak ends. No it's not quite as bad as "Bad Boy" or "Ringo The IV", but it's as inconsequential as "Old Wave", or "Stop & Smell The Roses" or "Rotogravure". Honestly not worth wasting any more typing time on...hope he bounces back...again. Expand
  7. JimB
    Feb 7, 2010
    Rather unfair to cynically try to raise the average by giving it a 10, so will do justice and fairness a favour and give it an equally undeserved 0. No offense intended Ringo. Expand

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