Dokken was the band that just about dominated the 80’s however by no means fairly hit the heights of a few of their contemporaries, and who is aware of had the basic line up prevailed what they could have gone on to realize. That after all is by the by, and Dokken, Lynch, Pilson and Brown parted methods what looks as if eons in the past now. So while there have been semi-reunions it all the time appeared extraordinarily delicately poised.
I bear in mind seeing each Dokken and Lynch Mob on the identical Competition invoice again in 2010 and after the present Don couldn’t get to his room quick sufficient within the resort, while George performed an afterparty until the small hours. I’ve interviewed each over time and Mick and Jeff too and none gave a touch of teh fiery relationships that Dokken again within the day will need to have been. So with no likelihood of a reunion on this world I’ve to say that if that is to be the final ‘Dokken’ album although it’s honest to say that it’s an effective way to exit.
It has been some time between 2012’s quite high quality ‘Damaged Bones’ and this years ‘Heaven Comes Down’ albums, and while in that point Sean McNabb and Jimmy DeGrasso have moved on, Jon Levin, now a veteran of 4 albums and 20 years with the band continues to be there making use of the fireplace. New members Chris and BJ do a good job and are each apparently ex and present members of Home of Lords. Curiously too Mark Boals who provided backing vocals on ‘Damaged Bones’ is again right here once more to do the identical.
So with ten new songs to delve into let’s hit ‘play’.
Opener ‘Fugitive’ has that great construct up earlier than launching right into a mid-tempo stomp off the again of a fluster of guitar. Don sounds upfront within the combine and the track is stable. It will not be classic Dokken but it surely has virtually all the trappings you’d count on and belief me it’s a grower! ‘Gypsy’ that follows retains that vibe, it’s one other scorching melodic rocker with fiery guitar and nice melodies underlining that there are some very stable songs on right here.
‘Is It Me Or You?’ modifications issues up a bit with a gradual and regular swaggering exhausting rocking Blues. It’s a sizzler a fits Don’s 2023 classic vocals properly. ‘Simply Like A Rose’ is a basic Dokken melodic rocker with a cool chorus. It’s all good thus far, even when it’s all quite one paced. To be sincere at this level within the album I used to be so completely satisfied that every one the weather have been there regardless that its clear that Don is within the consolation zone like on ‘I’ll By no means Give Up’ a slower dreamier ballad that has echoes of a few of previous classics.
And we keep stable to the very finish: there’s a lightweight Zeppelinny stomp to the riff that backs ‘Saving Grace’ and a contact of Rainbow and the Orient. ‘Over The Mountain’ is one other cool monitor that had me reaching for extra modern-day comparisons like Eclipse because it has that Folky/Celtic tinge that basically clicks right here. As we strategy the run out the standard stays and the tempo slows: ‘I Bear in mind’ provides a delicate craving to the usual ballad; and ‘Misplaced In You’ one other gradual quantity, reaches out with a bit extra hearth within the stomach;. Closing monitor ‘Santa Fe’ eschews the electrical for a really West Coast folky breezy melodic jaunt that tells Don’s story of his Rock and Roll journey. I like the lyrics that appear to counsel each and finish and a brand new starting.
If that is the final phrase from Dokken as a band it’s a greater than first rate approach to exit.
Observe Itemizing: 1 – Fugitive | 2 – Gypsy | 3 – Is It Me Or You? | 4 – Simply Like A Rose | 5 – I’ll By no means Give Up | 6 – Saving Grace | 7 – Over The Mountain | 8 – I Bear in mind | 9 – Misplaced In You | 10 – Santa Fe
DON DOKKEN – Vocals | JON LEVIN – Guitar | CHRIS McCARVILL – Bass | BJ ZAMPA – Drums | Invoice Palmer: acoustic guitar on ‘Santa Fe’ | Mark Boals: particular visitor (background vocals)