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Dokken – Broken Bones

| 20 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Records

Release Date: September 25, 2012

Rating: 8.5/10

Reviewed by: ToddStar

Don has assembled some great tunes on this latest release.  Wild Mick is back, as is Jon Levin on guitar and Sean McNabb joining the fold on bass.  Does it sound like Dokken?  Yes and no.

Yes: It is hard to mistake Don’s voice for any other out there.  Regardless of whether he still hits those high notes or not, he still has a very distinct sound that has stood the test of time.  The songs also have that familiar sound and foundation of all Dokken classics from the past.  You can’t listen to a song like “Empire” or “Best Of Me” without wondering which album they were left off of in the 1980’s.

No: The major difference from then and now is the guitar playing.  I am not trying to insinuate that Jon Levin isn’t good, but he isn’t George Lynch.  That being said, Jon plays the hell out of his guitar on this disc and has finally established himself as the guitarist of Dokken.  The songs would not have been any better with Lynch’s pings and squeals.  After many years, Jon has been allowed to run with some leads and make them his own.

If you love Dokken, pick this one up.  It has everything you loved then and will love now.  If you like Dokken or have never heard of them, give it a chance.  After all, a good rock record is a good rock record.


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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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