Ringo Starr

Give More Love

Mojo (UK) - - News - Mike Barnes

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.

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