I will admit I'm a big Monkees fan and, consequently, follow the solo careers of the four, something that involves buying everything they release (which isn't that much). Some of it is good, some of it is 'so-so' and some is poor. Unfortunately, Davy's seasonal offering adds a fourth category.
Yes, it's chock full of everything you would expect from a Christmas record: Santa, reindeer, jingle bells; kids' on backing vocals, tinsel, cards and presents, etc, but then so do hundreds of other songs so it has to be something either special or different. This is neither; it's just rubbish. There's an 'Indie Mix', which is a smidgen better, and a Karaoke version, which is only worth it if you have the words: the CD on sale here doesn't.
But why is it so poor? Jones never possessed the best singing voice and it shows up like a beacon on this. Not only is his vocal monotonous and lacking in depth, he is also embarrassingly out of tune in places. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was a first run through demo.
Still, for the price that I paid, I can't claim it was a waste of money.