So, is this Ringo’s best solo album? It has to be close, and that’s saying something for he who was the most successful ex-Beatle in the early 70s. Ringo and George Harrison came out of the gates of the Beatles breakup with several superb albums and it was Ringo’s releases that sold the most with several radio-friendly hits on such albums as Ringo, Goodnight Vienna, and Ringo’s Rotogravure. His latest, 2015’s Postcards from Paradise, may just be his best and it is undoubtedly one of his top three.
Postcards from Paradise is the closest thing to a Beatle album that there has been in a long time, though—admittedly—it’s all Ringo. But it is Ringo equal to his Beatle work and his early solo work. And while there is no McCartney, there is work from Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh, Van Dyke Parks, and Dave Stewart, to name a few. So the musicianship is spot on, as is the writing in this instance. The sentimentality Ringo is known for is still here but the songs all work, including “Not Looking Back,” an ironic song about looking forward while discussing the past.
One of the Greatest
Besides that one, there are many songs that hearken back to that pent up creativity he displayed in the early 70s after the breakup of the Beatles. Many of these tunes are sentimental in some way, such as “Rory and the Hurricanes” and (especially) “Postcards from Paradise” itself, the latter listing many of the songs that made Ringo a household name. Songs like “Confirmation,” “Let Love Lead,” and “Bridges” would almost certainly have been hits in 1974, or so, and they are great tunes now, phenomenal to hear such great post-Beatle work now in 2015. Postcard from Paradise is like his early 70s work—and thus close to the Beatles-time sound.