by: The Monkees

For most intents and purposes, the Monkees had broken up before the recording of Changes, their final record. Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith had left the band, leaving only Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Although Dolenz was a relatively accomplished songwriter, he only contributed one song to Changes, which meant both he and Jones were vehicles for a variety of professional songwriters, particularly Jeff Barry, who also produced the majority of the album. Most of the material was bland pop featuring a couple of R&B and soul inflections to liven up the sound. Neither Dolenz or Jones sounds inspired by the material, which isn't surprising -- out of the 12 songs, only Boyce & Hart's "I Never Though It Peculiar" makes any sort of impression. The lack of worthwhile material and the slick, passionless production easily make Changes the weakest record the Monkees released. Until they reunited for Pool It!, that is. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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