With the television show having finished, and the frustrated Peter Tork now departed (after a career of being under-used), The Monkees were quickly sliding to obscurity, and this album was well below their usual chart success.
As with all Monkees releases, it’s quite listenable and pleasant, but there’s little that’s particularly memorable. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart return to heavy involvement, their most notable song being “Tear Drop City”, a blatant copy of “Last Train to Clarksville”.
Probably the highlight is Gerry Goffin/Carole King’s “I Won’t Be The Same Without Her”, sung and produced by Mike Nesmith, in his usual professional style, although Nesmith’s own countryish “Don’t Wait for Me” isn’t bad, and Micky Dolenz’ concluding 5+minute opus “Shorty Blackwell” is an interesting curio.
But with fame more or less gone, and Nesmith about to join Tork through the exit door, The Monkees were sadly approaching the end of their career. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor