The Monkees’ modest promise of Good Times! is generously borne out in a series of songs custom-built by simpatico songwriters like Andy Partridge – Noel Gallagher – Paul Weller and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard.
In the sweetly wistful tones of Mike Nesmith the latter’s ‘Me & Magdalena’ is as cute as a button – while Gallagher and Weller pool their retro sensibilities for a miasmic swirl of psych-rock ‘Birth Of An Accidental Hipster’ – decked out in complex layered harmonies and counterpoints that confirm The Monkees – not unlike The Beach Boys – as it happens – knew how to nail their vocals whatever madness was going down behind them.
The album is produced by Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger – who also chips in his own song ‘Our Own World’ which along with Partridge’s springy power-pop ode ‘You Bring The Summer’ and Rivers (Weezer) Cuomo’s ‘She Makes Me Laugh’ keeps the updated Sixties vibe fresh and clear.
(ed:..i have long been a monkees fanboy – their 60’s stuff sounds as fresh as the day it was recorded..)