In theory - given that everybody used to rag on The Monkees for letting other people make their music, and seeing as Justus
features the band playing every instrument and writing every song - being a reunion album, this could've been very cool.
Whilst the band all play quite competently, especially Mickey Dolenz on the skins and Peter Tork on bass, Mike Nesmith uses an ugly guitar tone. And unfortunately, the performances are quite lifeless, and the songs are boring at best.
The Monkees once worked because four young guys with a sense of wonder sang catchy songs and had a good time. But this is just four old guys trying to be a sludgy middle-of-the-road lounge band with 'credibility' that means nothing, because there's no inspiration to back it up.
Some of the music is pleasant, but the sense of innocent fun that once made it matter has been lost. Only Davy Jones sounds good, and it's a small thrill to hear him do his happy crooning schtick after so many years. Everything else though is a hell of a letdown.
If my copy of the album was still sealed, I'd give it 4 stars for a good idea and leave it at that. Listening to it only ruins the experience.Rated:
by Reviewer: Cosmic Ben