The Joup Friday Album – The Monkees: Good Times

 

sddefaultThe time to dwell on all of the negativity the world has thrown our way has passed. Summer has arrived.

The past couple of months have been a little heavy for my household, and this break is much needed. I don’t want to focus on that at the moment, though. The time to write about loss and sadness is not today. Today, I want to focus on the good times. As such, I chose to review The Monkees’ twelfth studio album, Good Times!.

Good Times! was released in 2016 to commemorate the Prefab Four’s 5oth anniversary. It features all three surviving members, along with a posthumous contribution by Davy Jones. Among old favorites like Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson, it features songs written by the likes of Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, and Andy Partridge.

Tracks like Partridge’s “You Bring the Summer” and Cuomo’s “She Makes Me Laugh” blend perfectly with Diamond’s “Love to Love,” featuring vocals by the late, great, and forever dreamy Davy Jones. The vocals of Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith have clearly aged past their prime, but they’re no less wonderful.

The whole thing is super cheesy, but that’s what summer is for! I want beach blankets, barbecues, and bonfires!

As an educator, I still get the joy of experiencing the child-like wonderment of summer vacation. Make no mistake – it isn’t a free ride. My nine month job takes my salary, divides it by twelve, and spreads it out for me. Think of it as an interest-free payday loan provided to the state. Of course, that means funds can be tight. You know what doesn’t require funds, though? Lightning bugs and walks with friends! Pride parades! Municipal Fourth of July fireworks displays! Movies in parks! Take it in, people, because summer, like young love, is also fleeting. Good Times! nails that sentiment. Cheers.

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