Postcards From Paradise
Label: Ringo Starr - Rockabella
The song "Not Looking Back" notwithstanding, Postcards from Paradise drips in the kind of nostalgia that has always appealed to the sentimental Ringo Starr. The record opens with "Rory and the Hurricanes," a fun retro-rocker that pays loving tribute to the drummer's band before joining The Beatles. Several cuts, including "You Bring the Party Down" and "Island in the Sun," find the iconic Fab exploring a kind of blues-funk fusion that's fairly novel for him. The fact that former Santana/Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie is all over the album definitely helps explain the accentuated funkiness.