Buy if you like: The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett
At this stage of the game, people aren’t holding their breath waiting for Ringo Starr to release a great album, which is clearly a good thing. Even with Starr producing himself and getting a little help from his friends Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and Van Dyke Parks, Y Not comes across as a mostly disposable collection. The lyrics are consistently awful, and the musical borrowings from David Bowie’s “Fame” on the title track fall just short of grand larceny. This becomes all the more unfortunate once you realize that Starr actually can get it right, as he proves on the mid-tempo pop gem “Everyone Wins,” which would have had George Harrison bobbing his head with Beatlemania abandon. It’s small consolation, but then again, Starr is a drummer. Maybe he should find, say, three other guys and put a band together.