Good issues are available in small packages the place Ringo Starr is worried. EP3, because the title signifies, is the prolific Beatles drummer’s third launch prior to now 18 months. The pandemic has been a piece prod for Starr, recording in his personal Roccabella West Studios with engineer and co-producer Bruce Sugar and, after all, a little bit assist from his buddies.
Like 2021’s Change the World, the four-song EP3 is a tighter affair than early 2021’s guest-laden Zoom In. But it is each bit as participating, as Starr and firm bash out a set of up-tempo and lyrically upbeat tracks that sound like nothing lower than him having enjoyable along with his mates. This one will not make us overlook “It Don’t Come Easy” or Ringo, however the train definitely showcases how adept the Starr males (and ladies) are at getting the nice time they’re having throughout within the grooves.
Long-tenured All-Starr Band guitarist Steve Lukather and his Toto mate Joseph Williams penned and carry out the opening “World Go Round,” with Starr addressing post-pandemic trauma (“I know it’s hard to carry on / So for you I wrote this song”) over a brassy rocker that includes a stinging solo by Lukather. The guitarist can also be again on “Let’s Be Friends,” taking part in a handled model of his instrument for the equally high-octane (and brassy) Sugar-Sam Hollander monitor.
Linda Perry, who wrote “Coming Undone” for Change the World, returns with “Everyone and Everything,” whose Americana taste helps the lyrical admonitions about kindness, persistence and tolerance, all main right into a “Yellow Submarine”-style chorale singalong part. And “Free Your Soul” is fronted by Dave Koz’s tenor saxophone and Jose Antonio Rodriguez’s nylon-string acoustic guitar for some jazzy pop that closes issues out on a relaxed observe.
There’s a component of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it breeziness to EP3, however it’s hardly a toss-off. Starr’s peace-and-love philosophy is real and infectious, and we should always take any probability to wash in that aural optimism.