Give More Love
UMC. CD/DL/LP Includes contributions by Macca, Edgar Winter, Joe Walsh and Dave Stewart.
Last year, a well-known drummer friend advised me to listen to the All-Starrs, saying “Ringo’s still really got it.” He was right. What stands out most about Give More Love is that Ringo’s vocals have matured stylistically from his trademark amiably blokeish tones, and are stronger and more expressive now, as on the ballad Show Me The Way. He plays with a great feel – and a live sound – on the svelte, funky Electricity, adding some delicious fills on the rocking Speed Of Sound, which features Peter Frampton on talkbox guitar. Some of the songs are a tad unremarkable, but all carry plenty of positive energy and good vibes, particularly the gently skanking King Of The Kingdom, a paean to Bob Marley and Haile Selassie, on which Ringo avoids the possible pitfalls of white reggae by playing a graceful non-reggae groove that somehow fits beautifully.