This was the first of the Monkees albums in which they were loosened from the controls of the Don Kirshner music machine, and the results were surprisingly good. There is an energy and freshness about the album that is catching; these are creative people enjoying artistic freedom for the first time. For the first time, they are a real band, not just the manufactured TV band, and the enjoyment of the experience is impossible to miss and is just as enjoyable to hear. There are no weak songs; even Davy Jones, not my favorite, has a couple of good ones (including the vastly underrated "Early Morning Blues and Greens", in my estimation one of his best). Only "Pisces, Aquarius" and "Head" are better Monkees albums. Never again would they be this tight as a group; like the Beatles, after this album they would gradually drift apart. A great album.