Review: New Ringo record not worth many stars

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Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr releases his 20th studio album.

Alli Schroeder , Multimedia Editor

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s new album is almost as bad as Paul McCartney’s 2018 album, Egypt Station.

What’s my Name is Ringo’s newest and 20th studio album.

For oldies rock bands, a popular trend is releasing new music to capitalize on fans’ love for nostalgia. Ringo does this especially well by including a cover of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me,” which is sung with McCartney. He also does a new rendition of “Money (That’s What I Want),” which the Beatles covered on their 1963 album, With the Beatles.

The Beatles are the most popular and influential band of the last century, but at this point it is difficult for their surviving members to appeal to a younger audience and to create new, original sounds.

Almost every song on What’s my Name follows the same formula: an upbeat, rocky feel with heavily autotuned vocals from Ringo and some of his friends who appear on the album. The lousy quality of the autotune is especially heard in “Money” and “Life is Good.” 

What’s My Name is not a good representation of Ringo’s talent, as his early solo albums, such as Ringo, are good, and have strong vocals that are not obviously autotuned.

 While the album is not horrible — it has some catchy rhythms that aren’t unlike some of Ringo’s earlier solo music — at this point he seems unlikely to come close to his work with the Beatles.