Y Not

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This article is about the Ringo Starr album. For the music festival, see Y Not Festival. For the film production company, see Y NOT Studios.
Y Not
Studio album by Ringo Starr
Released 12 January 2010 (2010-01-12)
Recorded 2009
Genre Rock
Length 36:49
Label Hip-O, UMe
Producer Ringo Starr,[1] Bruce Sugar
Ringo Starr chronology
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live 2006
(2008)
Y Not
(2010)
Live at the Greek Theatre 2008
(2010)
Singles from Y Not
  1. "Walk with You"
    Released: 22 December 2009

Y Not is the 15th studio album by Ringo Starr, released on 12 January 2010[2] on the, UMe and Hip-O Records labels.[3]

Music, lyrics and recording[edit]

"Peace Dream" features former Beatle Paul McCartney on bass;[4] another Beatle, John Lennon is referenced in the song.[4] "The Other Side of Liverpool" is about Starr's pre-Beatles in Liverpool.[5] "Walk with You" features shared vocals with McCartney.[1] Starr duets with Joss Stone on closing track "Who's Your Daddy".[4]

In addition to McCartney, the album also includes collaborations with Joe Walsh, Van Dyke Parks, Ben Harper and Richard Marx.[1] It was the first album of his career which Starr primarily produced (he had previously co-produced several albums).[6]

Release[edit]

The first single from the album, "Walk with You", released 22 December 2009.[1]

In the US, the release of the album perpetuated the fact that The Beatles, either as a group, or as solo artists, have released or charted at least one song or album every calendar year since 1964.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
Billboard 72/100[9]
Consequence of Sound C–[10]
Entertainment Weekly C[11]
Galeria Musical 4/5 stars[12]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[13]
Record Collector 1/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[16]
Uncut 3/5 stars[17]

The album debuted at number 58 on the Billboard Top 200 chart,[18] with 7,965 copies sold in the US during the first week of release. The album also charted on the Top Internet Albums chart in the US.[19] As of February 2010, the album has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide.

Reviews for Y Not were mostly mixed. Review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a score out of 100 based on critic ratings, rated the album 60 out of 100, based on 11 reviews.[7] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes of the album: "that friendly, shambling sound is Ringo, something Y Not proves without a shadow of a doubt by sounding virtually interchangeable with its immediate predecessors [...] Starr is all about cheerful reminders of happy times filled with Peace Dreams and memories of "The Other Side of Liverpool."" Erlewine concludes that "like there was on Liverpool 8, there is charm to Starr’s tried and true: exciting it is not but it’s as comforting as an old friend who doesn’t change, he just stays the same."[8]

Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine rates the album two out of five stars. He writes that "it's nice to imagine that Ringo Starr's post-Beatles inability to produce much of consequence stems from his band-established character [...] this failure, as especially evidenced on Y Not, seems more predicated on some dearth of actual songwriting talent than the near-novelty quality of his persona." Although he contradicted that "to like it might even feel like charity, and would be excusable if the album's only fault was being mired in silliness", Cataldo added: "Flush with broad sentiment and a messy spread of good feelings, Y Not finds the funniest Beatle on the outside of the joke."[16]

In a review for the Los Angeles Times, Randy Lewis opines that "the importance in life of sustained effort along a particular direction" is "a thought that's inescapable listening to the latest release from former Beatle Ringo Starr." He also states that "he spends a bit of time here simply banging away happily [...] But the heart of the 10-song collection comes from his continued exploration of how to hold onto noble ideals in the face of ever-rising cynicism and violence." Lewis concludes that "he holds securely to an upbeat perspective that borders on cliché [...] that's somehow reassuring coming from the guy who's spent most of his life in an intimate relationship with time."[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fill in the Blanks" (Richard Starkey, Joe Walsh) – 3:14
  2. "Peace Dream" (Starkey, Gary Wright, Gary Nicholson) – 3:34
  3. "The Other Side of Liverpool" (Starkey, Dave Stewart) – 3:23
  4. "Walk with You" (Starkey, Van Dyke Parks) – 4:42
  5. "Time" (Starkey, Stewart) – 3:49
  6. "Everyone Wins" (Starkey, Johnny Warman) – 3:54
    • a re-recording of a song originally released in 1992 as a B-side
  7. "Mystery of the Night" (Starkey, Richard Marx) – 4:05
  8. "Can't Do It Wrong" (Starkey, Gary Burr) – 3:45
  9. "Y Not" (Starkey, Glen Ballard) – 3:49
  10. "Who's Your Daddy" (Starkey, Joss Stone) – 2:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Ringo Starr – Lead Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion
  • Steve Dudas – Guitar
  • Benmont TenchOrgan, Piano
  • Michael Bradford – Bass guitar
  • Bruce Sugar – Engineer, Co-producer, Keyboards
  • Keith Allison – Guitar, Backing vocals

Guest musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kreps, Daniel (19 November 2009). "Ringo Starr Recruits Paul McCartney for New Album "Y Not"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Andrew Grant (2012). Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 292. ISBN 9780810882232. 
  3. ^ "Ringo's new CD Y Not available on January 12". BeatlesNews.com. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c GG (9 Jan 2010). "Albums". Billboard 122 (1): 28. 
  5. ^ Lipshutz, Jason; Prince, David J. (5 Dec 2009). "Latest Buzz". Billboard 121 (48): 26. 
  6. ^ "Ringo Starr helped by his friends – including a Beatle". The Independent (London). 9 January 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Y Not – Ringo Starr". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Overview of Y Not". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "New Music Reviews, & Albums Release Reviews" > "Ringo Starr, 'Y Not'". Billboard. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Young, Alex (4 February 2010). "Ringo Starr – Y Not". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Willman, Chris (7 January 2010). "Y Not (2010), Ringo Starr". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Review (in Portuguese) of Y Not". Galeria Musical. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Overview of Y Not". Los Angeles Times. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Staunton, Terry (March 2010). "Ringo Starr – Y Not". Record Collector. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Hoard, Christian (11 January 2010). "Y Not : Ringo Starr : Review : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Cataldo, Jesse (27 January 2010). "Ringo Starr Y Not". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ringo Starr Y Not". Uncut. March 2010. p. 96. 
  18. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard 122 (1): 38. 9 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Albums". Billboard 122 (1): 40. 9 January 2010.