Y Not - Ringo Starr

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 60
    Ringo makses a good fist of his production debut. [Apr 2010, p.98]
  5. 60
    Amid the cornball sentiments and bizarre arrangements elsewhere, here against the odds, a touching moment presents itself. [Mar 2010, p.96]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Ringo solo album... Come back! It’s not that bad!
  9. The Beatlesque affectations of Starr's recent discs have been replaced with determinedly bland '80s production, although there are still enough painfully underwritten peace 'n' love aphorisms to make even a Rip Van Winkle hippie wince.
  10. It's a faintly embarrassing trifle that only a 69-year old ex-Beatle could get away with. [Apr 2010, p.120]
  11. Flush with broad sentiment and a messy spread of good feelings, Y Not finds the funniest Beatle on the outside of the joke.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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. Full Review »
  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! Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »