Chris Willman
January 07, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Y Not

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ringo Starr
genre
Rock

We gave it a C

For Beatlemaniacs, the (rubber) sole reason to buy Ringo Starr’s latest is ”Walk With You,” which features a prominent harmony vocal by Paul McCartney. As many times as we’ve studied the Fab reissues, a near-duet between Paul and Ringo is something cool we haven’t heard before. But Y Not mostly makes you wonder ”Why?” The Beatlesque affectations of Starr’s recent discs have been replaced with determinedly bland ’80s production, although there are still enough painfully underwritten peace ‘n’ love aphorisms to make even a Rip Van Winkle hippie wince. C

Download This: Listen to the song Walk With You at last.fm

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