Like him or not, one can't deny that he's rock royalty: Ringo Starr! The legendary Beatles drummer is 79 years young now and the man goes on for the love of music. He's still active as a performer and releases every few years a new album. As a drummer
he's always been underrated, but today the people 'who know' confess that he was an essential cornerstone in the Beatles. His drumming style made The Beatles even more special than they already were with the talented Paul McCartney and John Lennon (and let's
not forget George Harrison!). His new album 'What's My Name' sounds very Ringo, but also very fresh. He's got an impressive circle of topmusicinans that he can count on to make his records worth listening to. There's Joe Walsh (The Eagles and his brother in
law), Edgar Winter, Nathan East (top bass player), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Benmond Tench, Colin Hay (Men At Work) and lots of other lesser known names and some great female backing voices. Last but not least, there's Steve Lukather (Toto) on guitar adding
salt and pepper to half of the tunes. Ringo plays drums, sings, co-wrote six of the ten songs and produced the album. There's a cover of John Lennon's 'Grow Old With Me' (a song of Lennon's 'Milk And Honey' album) with Paul McCartney on bass and backing vocals.
Ringo turns the song into a sentimental thing, but considering his status, all is forgiven. The cover of the Motown classic 'Money' (The Beatles made this song immortal) is a pleasant suprise with it's light swing and fresh modern arrangement.
There's always some Beatles reference! The album sounds mostly powerful, energetic and catchy. Can't help but love the man and his music, it's pure, honest and without any pretention. (Geert Ryssen)