DOKKEN ‘Hell To Pay’|
Dokken are back with their new album and a follow-up to 2002’s ‘Long Way
From Home’. There have been some line-up changes since then with bassist
Barry Sparks (ex-Uli Jon Roth) joining guitarist Jon Levin (bizarrely the
band’s lawyer as well!), Don Dokken and Mick Brown. I’ve been a fan since
their 80’s heyday and have fond memories of seeing the band open for AC/DC
at the NEC back in the late 80’s.
‘The Last Goodbye’ starts the album well - a tasty rocker with a Eastern
tinged backing and the pile driving riffs on ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ keep the
pace going. ‘Haunted’ has a grunge feel and some good, solid riffing from
Jon Levin. Don Dokken goes all mellow on ‘Care About You’ - a nice ballad
with acoustic guitar and piano, just shows Dokken are not all about big rock
anthems (there is also an unplugged version of this at the end of the
album). Sadly ‘I Surrender’ (not the Rainbow classic) and the Beatles
influenced ‘Letter To Home’ let the side down - tunes that you can’t
remember after you’ve played them.
Not a bad album with a few stand out tracks but overall it lacks the bite
of the band’s classic era and there are too many slow numbers for my liking.
Review by Jason Ritchie
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