July 25, 2005 12:00 PM

Choose Love

This genial record comes with enough Beatles references for a parlor game. The opener, “Fading In Fading Out,” begins with the calliope-like strains of “Don’t Pass Me By” and fades out with the lyrics “all you really need is love.” And both “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “The Long and Winding Road” are quoted in the title tune. As he has done throughout his surprisingly accomplished solo career, Starr gets along with a little help from friends: Chrissie Hynde vamps in a duet on “Don’t Hang Up.” But the album’s most moving moment comes on “Oh My Lord,” an homage to George Harrison on which Starr, playing what sounds like a toy organ and accompanied by a drum machine, sings with such tender feeling that you know, for him, the word is still love.



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