Zoom In – EP
Ringo returns with more content no one asked for – something he’s been doing since at least 1974. And when the best thing you can say about a new release is, “Thank fuck it’s an EP” that pretty much establishes the tone.
Zoom In is Ringo’s new collaborative EP – his lockdown thing. He dialed in Sir Paul of Beatle-Buddies and Dave Grohl and a few others. And he made some middling music including the title track which basically tries to do an All You Need Is Love treatment for the technology that has made us feel connected over the last year. His end musical result makes Yellow Submarine and Octopuses’ Garden sound like A Day In The Life and In My Life.
I always defend Ringo – because he’s a great drummer and he was in the greatest band and because he means well. He’s 80 and he long ago earned the right to do whatever the fuck he wants. But Zoom In really does challenge that right. And when he goes dub-reggae for Waiting For The Tide To Turn and actually sings, “Let’s play some reggae music and it will be a better day” you want the Fat Controller Man to just fucking sit on him.
But Ringo’s message is clear on the final track of this mercifully brief check-in that reminds us he’s still alive: Not Enough Love In The World. There’s not. He’s right. But there might now be more than enough solo recordings by Ringo Starr in this world.
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