Ringo Starr – Choose Love (2005)

History: Ringo continued working with his same songwriting team as the last few albums, and called in friends Billy Preston and Chrissie Hynde to work on some of the tracks.

My own personal history and initial prediction: I don’t see any familiar named tracks here, but I’m glad Ringo seems to have finally found a writing crew he’s happy to work with. I don’t expect anything too outstanding here but you never know, there may be a track that sneaks up and surprises me. I’m looking forward to seeing what the song with Chrissie Hynde is like for sure.

Review: I’m going to admit I’m having a bit of a hard time with this one. With one or two exceptions, this feels a lot like the same kind of stuff Ringo was doing fairly early on in his career, songs that don’t really suit his singing range or lyrics that don’t really mean anything. It’s mostly generic country R&B and rock and roll and I’m just not very interested.

“Choose Love” is the best exception, with its obvious emphasis on creating a Beatles throwback sound and rekindling all those themes of peace and love they talked about. He calls back the Beatles songs much in the way that he did for “Never Without You” on the last album, which unfortunately has a feel of “well it worked well there so let’s do it again.” But it’s not a bad song. I think the Chrissie Hynde duet is also worth checking out, they work fairly well together on that one. But unfortunately this album just didn’t keep me very engaged overall. I’m not surprised to hear it didn’t do as well as his last couple albums did.

Next Time: Paul releases Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.

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