This record does lack some of the raw power of Dokken's earlier work, but that isn't to say that it doesn't rock, and 'The Hunger' is up there with 'Till The Livin End'. It sounds like Dokken, but a more mature Dokken, which is a very good thing. The song writing is far superior to that on earlier Dokken CDs, where exceptional cuts were mixed with average material. Not one dud here. That is what really makes this CD; consistently excellent songs. The production is also very good, the best of all the Dokken CDs, every instrument is clear and well balanced. The guitar work, while in general not as raw, is stunning. Brilliant riffs and solos just keep on coming throughout the record. Billy White and John Norum do a very good job of bringing their own signatures, whilst keeping the Dokken vibe. These two can shred with Lynch, but arguably they both write better constructed solos. My only gripe is that the opening riff to Crash and Burn is one of the best I've ever heard, and it disappears after the intro. Still if that's all I can find to complain about... I have all of Dokken's 80s work, and this is probably the best.