Ringo Starr - 'Give More Love' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     February 28, 2018    
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Starr has produced an album big on names but fairly short on quality.

Ringo Starr should really need no introduction, but for the very few out there that need such information, Starr was the drummer in a fairly well-known beat combo in the sixties who had a fair bit of clout back then. Joking apart, does any album by an ex-Beatle really need mine or any other journalist's validation? Probably not, but you're going to get mine anyway!

Employing a galaxy of Rock Star friends that include such names as Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and Steve Lukather, Starr has produced an album big on names but fairly short on quality. His vocals were always a hard sell and here they are no different, and it's only his Rock Star pals that elevate this above the very ordinary. 'Show Me The Way' is a prime example, it's only Lukather's (as always) tasteful playing that makes it palatable.

'Speed Of Sound', which is co-written by Richard Marx and features Peter Frampton on his famous voice box, is also a laboured piece of work. Actually, throughout the album, Starr's mates lend their considerable talents to this record, but unfortunately, it's all mostly lost in a set of dreary and uninspiring songs. The sentiment behind the title track is admirable but that's about it, and it's only really the re-working of his classic hits from the early seventies that are the album's saving grace, the likes of 'Back Off Boogaloo' and 'Photograph' still retaining a certain charm.

I said at the start that whatever I say wouldn't make any difference, he's an ex-Beatle which to this day carries considerable weight in the music industry. Regardless of this, my personal opinion is that this album is for Beatle completists only I'm afraid.

Malcolm Smith

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