13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s easy to love Ringo Starr’s solo music because his amiable character and self-referential humor always stand out first and foremost. But with his 12th studio album Ringo Rama, the loud rocking guitars and catchy songs are more salient than his personality. Right from the get-go “Eye to Eye” opens with distorted guitar crunch, angular new-wave inspired arrangements and glammy backing vocals that all come together to sound like the kind of Britpop that fans of Oasis, Elastica, Blur and Supergrass can relate to. “I Think Therefore I Rock ‘n’ Roll” is another standout tune, with its good-time parlor piano, T.Rex-esque riffs, and gang vocals in the chorus. Hosting an eclectic array of contributing guest musicians like Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, David Gilmour, Shawn Colvin, Van Dyke Parks, Charlie Haden, and Timothy B. Schmit, there’s no doubt that this is indeed a party — Ringo Rama sounds like it was incredibly fun to make. Yet the former Beatle takes a moment to remember the late, great George Harrison on “Never Without You,” a loving tribute that’s memorable and moving without being maudlin.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s easy to love Ringo Starr’s solo music because his amiable character and self-referential humor always stand out first and foremost. But with his 12th studio album Ringo Rama, the loud rocking guitars and catchy songs are more salient than his personality. Right from the get-go “Eye to Eye” opens with distorted guitar crunch, angular new-wave inspired arrangements and glammy backing vocals that all come together to sound like the kind of Britpop that fans of Oasis, Elastica, Blur and Supergrass can relate to. “I Think Therefore I Rock ‘n’ Roll” is another standout tune, with its good-time parlor piano, T.Rex-esque riffs, and gang vocals in the chorus. Hosting an eclectic array of contributing guest musicians like Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, David Gilmour, Shawn Colvin, Van Dyke Parks, Charlie Haden, and Timothy B. Schmit, there’s no doubt that this is indeed a party — Ringo Rama sounds like it was incredibly fun to make. Yet the former Beatle takes a moment to remember the late, great George Harrison on “Never Without You,” a loving tribute that’s memorable and moving without being maudlin.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Paploo ,

iTunes could have released "Deluxe" tracks

This is a fun album (always a plus for me). My two complaints are that: 1) the tracks from Ringo Rama Deluxe ("Blink", "OK Ray", and "I'm Home") aren't available; and 2) the hidden track after "English Garden", "I Really Love Her", is not available as a separate track. iTunes has been known to do that, so why not here?

Bring out more Ringo albums, and more of the non-album tracks!

Heavy Metals ,

I THINK THEREFORE RINGO ROCKS!

I love the song I think therefore I rock n' roll. RINGO IS GREAT. Don't diss him just because he still is a great musician after the Beatles. I love the Beatles just as much as the next Crazy Beatles Fan, but I can still appreciate Paul and Ringo's individual accomplishments. Learn to do it to!

SydBarret#1 ,

Ringo

Great Album by Ringo.

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