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  • Summary: Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pop band with its first new release in 20 years that features songs written by such artists as Rivers Cuomo, Neil Diamond, Noel Gallagher, Andy Partridge, and producer Adam Schlesinger.
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  • Record Label: Rhino
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, AM Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Sunshine Pop, Bubblegum
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Me & Magdalena
Me and Magdalena We're driving south through Monterey As the sun is slowly sinking Into a distant ocean wave And I don't know if I've ever loved any... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Jun 9, 2016
    90
    The Monkees have made an album which stands readily among the best of their career and of the year so far.
  2. 80
    All told, probably The Monkees’ best album, after their hits compilation.
  3. May 25, 2016
    80
    Micky looks at the past not with sad reverence but with a smile, happy that he was there and happy to be able to sing about it still, and that's the vibe of Good Times!: it was a blast to live it then and it's a blast to relive those times too.
  4. Jun 20, 2016
    80
    No one ever asked The Monkees to be anything more than pratfalling archetypes who could act and sing a bit, yet they asked more of themselves than they needed to; and they’re digging deep again today.
  5. Jul 18, 2016
    80
    Being a summer release, the sun really shines down on tunes like “Good Times,” with it’s go-go beat, “She Makes Me Laugh,” “Our Own World,” “Gotta Give It Time,’ and come on get happy with “You Bring the Summer.”
  6. May 25, 2016
    70
    It nails the classic summer-jangle Monkees sound, with seriously fantastic new tunes from Rivers Cuomo, Andy Partridge and the none-more-mod squad of Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
  7. 50
    Like their 60s albums, it’s a hodgepodge of self-penned songs and songs written by others, with a few vintage rave-ups thrown into the mix--‘mix’ being the operative word for this patchy affair.

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. May 30, 2016
    10
    Beautiful mix of high energy, fun, and thoughtful songs. This may be the best Monkees CD in all of their 50 years of recording. It will bringBeautiful mix of high energy, fun, and thoughtful songs. This may be the best Monkees CD in all of their 50 years of recording. It will bring lots of Good Times! Expand
  2. May 30, 2016
    10
    Great mix of fun and psychedellc songs sung beautifully by all 4 Monkees. The Monkees at their best, on their 50th year anniversary of theirGreat mix of fun and psychedellc songs sung beautifully by all 4 Monkees. The Monkees at their best, on their 50th year anniversary of their debut. All new songs by a variety of great songwriters. A must have for anyone who has ever enjoyed the Monkees or 1960s music. Not one bad song. A great listen! Expand
  3. May 30, 2016
    10
    Love it! It was such a wonderful treat hearing these guys again. I am also amazed at the range of well-known song writers represented here.Love it! It was such a wonderful treat hearing these guys again. I am also amazed at the range of well-known song writers represented here. I hope the Monkees go on recording as long as they can, even if it is not the same without Davy among them for real. Expand
  4. May 30, 2016
    10
    Great to hear all four Monkees' voices again, and all in top form. Tight instrumentation and vocals, great songs, and both fun and seriousnessGreat to hear all four Monkees' voices again, and all in top form. Tight instrumentation and vocals, great songs, and both fun and seriousness intertwined The Monkees are back, and they sound GREAT!! Expand
  5. May 28, 2016
    10
    Very strong record-probably the best album released this year-1967 in 2016 , I will take it

    many highlights, and nothing that makes you
    Very strong record-probably the best album released this year-1967 in 2016 , I will take it

    many highlights, and nothing that makes you press fast forward on your cd player
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  6. May 29, 2016
    10
    This album caught me by surprise. It is a fresh view of 1967 that refuses to be pigeonholed into a convenient genre. It is the best of theThis album caught me by surprise. It is a fresh view of 1967 that refuses to be pigeonholed into a convenient genre. It is the best of the early Monkees vibe with a healthy dose of modern songwriting that stays true to the Monkees mission statement. My 19 year old daughter relates to it as much as her 51 year old father. This may be their best stuff since Pisces and it may be more than that. Expand
  7. May 27, 2016
    9
    Strong album overall with lots of variety in the songwriting. Great to hear David Jones's voice again on "Love To Love". Good production, butStrong album overall with lots of variety in the songwriting. Great to hear David Jones's voice again on "Love To Love". Good production, but I think "I Know What I Know" would have been better with real strings instead of synth keyboards.

    "Our Own World" sounds like a TV sitcom theme to me. "Whatever's Right" just sounds inauthentic for some reason, despite it being a Boyce and Hart composition.

    The melody of "You Bring The Summer" isn't my favorite, but the lyrics are cute like a fuzzy puppy; and just as hard to resist and criticize. I didn't like "Little Girl" at first because of some painfully simplistic rhymes, but the song structure is unique and has grown on me a little. "I Was There" is fun but insubstantial, though it does make for a nice thematic bookend.

    Highlights for me are "Me & Magdalena", "Birth Of An Accidental Hipster", "Good Times", "I Know What I Know", "Gotta Give It Time", "She Makes Me Laugh", and "Wasn't Born To Follow". Seven keepers out of thirteen songs is a very solid ratio in my book.
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