Rumoured to be the last album under the band name Dokken, new album “Broken Bones” is somewhat of a triumphant fanfare that rolls back the years. Featuring only Don Dokken and drummer Mick Brown from the original line up, this record features Jon Levin on guitar and Sean McNabb on bass, both of whom are an ideal fit for the band.
Opening track “Empire” features some great guitar work, as does “Fade Away”, the best vocals on the album however come courtesy of “Waterfall” and the aptly titled “For The Last Time”. “Victim of the Crime” is a big slow rhythmic affair that has a slight Eastern feel to it whilst “Today” has some nice acoustic guitar complementing another solid vocal performance from Mr Dokken.
Considering Don Dokken recovered from throat surgery last year, his voice is still in great shape- on the track “Burning Tears” a great opening is followed by a vocal that, at times, feels like it could easily push into Bruce Dickinson territory. “Best of Me” is a slow burning, guitar fuelled future live favourite and closing track “Tonight” has a definite feel of “leave them wanting more”.
“Broken Bones” is a great Dokken record in every sense and it would be a shame if this band energy was not harnessed into more recording and touring.
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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).
Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)
Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)
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