Well, this was the last album for the Monkees (until the 80's), and most people believe it was a sad end. I will actually disagree with most people and say this album is not so bad. Now, to anyone who has never heard this cd, I will say that it is probably their most "bubblegum" album. Which is the reason why most people don't like it, considering they had faught all those years to be their own band.
For anyone who doesn't know, by this time the Monkees popularity was pretty much gone, and the group was down to only Micky and Davy. As a last grasp for a rebirth of the Monkees, Jeff Barry, who produced I'm a Believer, was brought in to produce for this new record. He brought in a team of songwriters, and the Monkees were back to where they began. You could say Barry failed, because this was the only Monkees album not to reach the Billboard's top 200. However, I think looking at this album from a pop standpoint, it was very good. The Monkees were dead by now, and no one was buying anything, no matter what it sounded like. Lets say Davy and Micky were never in the Monkees, and an album by "Davy and Micky" came out with all these songs, I think it would have been very successful. Most of the songs are very catchy. Maybe the Monkees had gone against what they faught for, but that doesn't take away from this being a good pop album.
Let me review the songs:
1. Oh My My - Very catchy song, and probably one of my favorites on the album. This could definitely been a popular song had the Monkees not been over by now. 9/10
2. Ticket On A Ferry Ride - Not the best song on the album, but it's not terrible. Sounds kind of like a typical 60's pop song. Almost sounds like Tork in the background. 6/10
3. You're So Good To Me - This sounds almost like a Partridge Family song to me. It's probably one of my favorite Davy songs. Again, unbelievibly poppy and bubblegum, but who cares...that doesn't make it bad. 9/10
4. It's Got To Be Love - This is a solid love song sung by Micky. Kind of cheesy, but it's pretty good. 7/10
5. Acapulco Sun - Another decent song. Has a catchy beat to it. 7/10
6. 99 Pounds - This was a song recorded I believe in 1966, that was passed over at that time. It's decent, but could get kind of annoying. An obvious attempt, in my opinion, to be very Beatle esk. 6/10
7. Tell Me Love - A pretty good love balad sung by Micky. Another song that I think could have been popular in the early days, or if the Monkees weren't done. 7/10
8. Do You Feel It Too? - A very good Davy song, and yet another one that I think sounds like it could have been sung by the Partridge Family. 9/10
9. I Love You Better - This was the flipside of the Oh My My single, and perhaps the most catchy song on the album. You just can't help but sing along with it. 9/10
10. All Alone In The Dark - This is kind of a changeup song. Sounds much different from the rest of the album. Not quite as poppy. 7/10
11. Midnight Train - This one was actually written by Micky. Not one of my favorites however. A different version of this song is also on Missing Links Volume 3, and is on reruns of the Chaperone episode. 5/10
12. I Never Thought It Peculiar - Average song...typical Davy I guess. 6/10
13. Time And Time Again - This is a nice Davy ballad. Kind of makes you fall asleep though. There is another version of this on Missing Links Volume 1, which sounds very similar. 6/10
14. Do It In The Name Of Love - This was a single under "Davy and Micky", which I believe was by Bell records if I remember correctly. Very good song, which both guys sing. Another one, where you just can't help but sing along. 9/10
15. Lady Jane - This was the flip side to the last song. Again, it features both guys on vocals. Has kind of a catchy beat, you could get into it. 8/10
So, I hope this review will show people that Changes doesn't deserve all the criticism it gets, and it's actually a solid pop album.