ringo starr’s infectious new album-cd review Postcards From Paradise- john emms


Wildly entertaining with superb songs and even better playing Ringo Starr’s new album Postcards From Paradise is what happens when you have great players with one vision.

And that vision is Ringo Starr.

The album produced fully by Starr shows his evolution as a melodic songwriter.

To say this album is some of his best solo career work is not a boast but reality.

The title track written with Todd Rundgren has an 80’s Cars like groove with plenty of Beatle song references which not only makes you smile but sing-along.

Steve Lukather works some blues guitar magic underneath a bed of percussion by Starr and Gregg Bissonette on You Bring The Party Down and Bridges written with Joe Walsh burning down a coda solo is bang on the money.

Elsewhere, the opening track Rory and The Hurricanes written with Dave Stewart with it’s Warren Zevon-esque like groove recalls Starr’s early pre-fab four bar band.

It may be strange to some but this is Starr’s 18th solo album, he has chalked up close to 800 Ringo’s All-Starr Band shows and unlike other performers he continues to move ahead in his career.

Simply put you get great songs like Let Love Lead with country songwriter Gary Nicholson, the wicked groove of Island In The Sun written with his current road band which includes a superb in the pocket sax solo by Warren Ham and the excellent pop of Not Looking Back with Richard Marx.

Starr will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney on April 18th as a solo artist under the music excellence category.

Postcards from Paradise is available tomorrow March 31 2015

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist with over 30 years experience of album reviews for all major and indie labels

JOHN is also a songwriter/musician with Canadian Blues/Roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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