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Joey Molland’s first solo record in close to a decade is a collaboration with the talented/wacky producer Mark Hudson, and a very pleasant listen from front to back. It finds Molland (who co-wrote the ten tunes with Hudson) playing up the pop-oriented strengths he first exhibited with Badfinger, and Hudson (who also plays and sings throughout) once again embracing the “Beatlesque mad wizard” guise he displayed during his tenure as Ringo Starr’s producer and musical director. Truth be told, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine Starr singing many of the tunes on “Be True to Yourself”, particularly the inspirational title track (with its oh-so-Beatles ’67 end bit), “This Time,” or the sunny-sounding “Rainy Day Man.” Hudson does a good job of masking some of Molland’s slightly gruff vocalizing by utilizing guests such as Julian Lennon, Jason Scheff and Micky Dolenz to lend some vocal support, while former Wings drummer Steve Holley mans the kit.

The Pete Ham-like vocal affectations on “I Don’t Wanna Be Done With You” and the cute little wink to “No Matter What” at the close of “All I Want to Do” should make the listener smile, as will most of the rest of Be True to Yourself.