• Record Label: Hip-O
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2010
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25

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  1. BenM.
    Apr 13, 2010
    10
    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. 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
  2. linclink
    Jan 20, 2010
    5
    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". 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
  3. JimB
    Feb 7, 2010
    0
    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.
  4. JohnL.
    Jan 14, 2010
    10
    I don't actually think this album is flawless, but I had to raise the average a little to do Ringo justice. It's a solid album.
  5. Leon
    Feb 1, 2010
    8
    Very good album.
  6. HannahP
    Mar 3, 2010
    9
    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.
  7. ScottW.
    Jan 17, 2010
    10
    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.
  8. Sep 28, 2013
    10
    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.
Metascore
60

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 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.
  3. 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.