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.
Somewhere Under Wonderland, the latest release by Counting Crows, starts off with “Palisades Park,” a song sounding like something you might overhear coming from an open window as you walk past a college’s music department. That sort of overheard feeling, a great effect, disappears within the first minute or so of “Palisades Park” though. The rest of SomewhereUnder Wonderland, their first album of new material since 2008’s Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, is intimate and present—like you are right there.
There was another “Doors Tribute” release in 2014, the “neo- psychedelic” release, but this one is called Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors. I really wish I liked this album more than I do...there is a lot to like. It was put together, engineered, and produced by former Yes guitarist, Billy Sherwood, and he really put together a stellar line-up for this project.
In 2014, Jamie T released Carry on the Grudge, his first since 2009’s Kings and Queens. In this most recent album he presented his fans with a new style, or styles, I should say. Jamie T had garnered a reputation for being a one-man Arctic Monkeys, an eccentric street poet who idolized Joe Strummer and the Clash. But he’s more than this, as he’s shown, and he created possibly his most varied album yet.