By David M.Beard
Today, Micky Dolenz’s name is synonymous with The Monkees, the pre-fab four who brought us unforgettable songs like “(Theme From) The Monkees,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Porpoise Song” (Theme From “Head”) and “That Was Then, This Is Now.” Micky Dolenz is a part of The Monkees’ extended consciousness.
For this new collection, Dolenz has left behind his pop-comedic sensibilities in favor of the stylized crooner approach that breathes new life into songwriter Carole King’s colorful catalogue. King For A Day gathers together a handful of Micky’s favorite songs as written by King. While this is a “cover album,” Dolenz approaches the tracks with a confident swagger reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis. His voice is as potent as ever and the production touches from Brian Wilson musical director Jeff Foskett and engineer extraordinaire Gary Griffin bring Micky’s vocals front and center… right where they belong.
King For A Day features lush harmonies, organic production and an overall earthiness; it also corrects previous misgivings about Micky’s pipes and paves the way for future releases of this ilk.