Davy Jones

It's Christmas Time Again

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This is Davy Jones' second studio album since the Monkees' original split in 1970, and he chose to do a Christmas album. (Perhaps he was influenced by the success of old friend Neil Diamond.) It would be great to report that this is a brilliant interpretation of Christmas standards but, sadly, this is not the case. Jones delivers predictable arrangements of well-known Christmas songs, as well as one new track written for this album. His vocals are far too earnest and the arrangements are sparse, but more in a low-budget and synthesized rather than creative and minimal style. Still, there are a few moments when Jones does shine. Such songs as "Mele Kalimaka" (a traditional Hawaiian Christmas song) and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" sound great and are worth a listen. Here, Jones' voice is strong and the arrangements do not stray from the original beauty of the songs. On the other hand, songs such as "Silent Night" (which incorporates a spoken word Lord's Prayer portion) and "White Christmas" are just plain embarrassing. Perhaps that is why no one wanted to take credit for this release, as there is absolutely no information regarding musicians or production in the packaging, other than the listener being aware that the CD was recorded in Hawaii. Collectors of the Monkees will want this, but all others might stick to their favorite Christmas albums and not bother with this one.

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