Top positive review
Great Upbeat and varied album from Don Dokken as his first 'solo' project
on 20 April 2016
Don has surrounded himself with excellent musicians on this album and his vocals are really on form. George Lynch no longer features on guitar and, while I love George's playing, I really don't miss him here. Instead we have 2 excellent guitarists - Billy White and John Norum - Billy White is my favourite of the two I think.
Highlights of the album are the truly excellent 'Give it Up' - easily my favourite and this, with my second favourite 'The Hunger' had me rushing out to buy (well actually order online) this album far sooner than I would normally. I normally listen to something quite a while on YouTube before forking out the dosh but these two tracks left me so hyper one nightshift at work I knew I needed to get this album or go mad!
So, why have I awarded the album only 4 stars? Well I found a couple of the tracks quite pedestrian and often feel like skipping them. The tracks in question are: Stay (I find this very plodding and quite boring) and 'Living A Lie' - this isn't pedestrian but I can't really get into it and generally switch off when it's on.
The rest of the album is good throughout. Taking the tracks in order:
Crash 'n' Burn - superbly upbeat with great musicianship, very catchy chorus and interesting lyrics.
1000 Miles Away - another favourite of mine - just really beautiful vocals along with some excellent guitar work.
When Some Nights - a good track but doesn't stand out like many of the others.
Forever - truly beautiful, especially the guitarwork and especially towards the end.
Living A Lie - already mentioned.
When Love Finds a Fool - I'm not normally very emotional but I really felt this one - possibly the most heart-rending ballad ever? Beautifully sung...
Give It Up - just excellent. The lyrics at the start are funny too and whichever guitarist starts off, a superb intro! Best rocker on the album along with The Hunger.
Mirror Mirror - one of the singles released - pretty commercial but nice enough and quite rocky. I prefer to watch the vid for this though!
Stay - to me, boring and the guitars seem to have a slightly Japanese influence which personally turns me off.
Down in Flames - slightly weird intro but the guitar work when the track gets going is superb right from the start.
The Hunger - just superb. Fantastic intro from both guitarists and extremely rocky and upbeat.
Give it a few listens on YouTube first and then go out and buy it!