DOKKEN’S MUSIC WAS NEVER TAKEN SERIOUSLY AS SOME OTHER BANDS BACK IN THE 80′S AND EARLY 90′S. I PICKED UP THIS CD AT AN EXCHANGE SHOP AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE BEST THAT THEY HAVE DONE SINCE UNDER LOCK AND KEY. SINCE THIER FIRST RELEASE, DOKKEN HAS ALWAYS HAD GOOD SONGS ON EACH RECORDING. BUT DON DOKKEN AND GEORGE LYNCH COULD NOT GET ALONG, THIS IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. THIS REALLY HURT THE BAND AND ITS MUSIC OVER THE YEARS. DON DOKKEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE LIGHTER SIDE OF POP METAL MUSIC , GEORGE LYNCH JUST THE OPPOSITE. CHECK OUT DYSFUNCTIONAL, IT IS A VERY GOOD ALBUM
No longer available in US! 1995 originally released album including one bonus track. Victor. 2008.
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After an absence from the music scene, Dokken returned in 1995 and recorded “Dysfunctional”. All 4 original members were present during this time. The album is indeed updated from their signature 80’s sound. Anyone who expects to hear songs like “In my Dreams” or “Dream Warriors” will not get what they are expecting. Although updated the album is still good. The songs are written very well, George Lynch is back in action, and Mick Brown is still beating the hell out of his drums. One of the more noticable down sides of the album is that Don Dokken’s voice dosen’t seem to be as strong as it was before. On another posotive side of the album, it is good to see Dokken writting about other subjects. Everyone loves songs about chicks but it is good to see them digging deeper into topics such as those expressed on “Too high to fly” and “What Price”. Overall, “Dysfunctional” is quite good. Not the absolute best CD they’ve ever done, but still very functional.
I am a long-time Dokken fan…whether the name sake, Don Dokken, Lynchmob, or Pilson effort…Initially, I was not impressed with this effort, but with time it has grown on me. Dokken presents their first cover song, of an ELP classic. The groove and sound of the overall album is quite an accomplishment for the re-united band. They appear to have resolved their personal differences, and turn out an album with thick, rich sound. “Too High to Fly” presents a hard edged jam, while “The Maze”, “Nothing Left to Say”, and “Sweet Chains” presents the ever harmonious talent of Dokken, Pilson, and the band throughout the album. Not every track on the album sounds the same, that is the best quality of this album, over all.Even the harder edged tracks (“Inside Looking Outside”, “Long Way Home”, and “Shadows of Life”) resonate with a strong sound Dokken has not presented to this date in their recording.Keep Rokken’
Dokken returns with a tight, exceptional piece of work, musically they show that they have not lost any ground in their six-year absence. Most impressive is the continued evolving of George Lynch’s guitar playng. He adopts a little bit of the “less is more” rule and focuses a little more on the riffs over the solos. But his great solos are still aplenty on this album.The standout track by far is the seven-minute centerpiece “Too High To Fly”. Don’t by turned off by its time length, this is a captive, rocking track with a really good groove and it just kicks a** from beginning to end. Of of the best places to listen to this song is behind the wheel of your car flying down the highway. This should have been one of the top album-rock tracks of 1995. “Long Way Home” has a killer riff that echoes earlier Dokken. “Hole In My Head” is another fine Dokken anthem. “Lesser Of Two Evils” is another great cut, with a slightly funky groove. A little unkown chart fact about this album, this album was the highest debuting album on the Billboard 200 album chart the week it was released (around #45). No small feat for a band like Dokken in 1995. It is true, look it up. Too bad 1995 was a year of musical unenlightenment, where real rock and roll had little chance of being heard as much as it should have been . We were force-fed such vapid acts like Oasis, The Presidents of The U.S.A. and Hootie and The Blowfish. If you are a fan of these bands and are ready to slam my review, my question is this: Why are you here reading Dokken reviews ? My guess is that you are dying to be educated about real Rock music.
I remember some negative feedback about this CD,so I dug it up out of my music collection and gave it another listen.Okay,so there are no George Lynch guitar solos,but there’s still SOMETHING here to offer the average Dokken fan.It has Don Dokken’s trademark wailing as well as some very decent guitar work from Lynch – heck,I think I MAY like ‘Dysfunctional’ better than I did the first two Lynch Mob discs.Check it out yourself.Rockers include “Inside Looking Out”,”Long Way To Home” and “Lesser Of Two Evils”.If that isn’t enough to tickle your fancy,be sure to hear their cover of Emerson Lake&Palmer’s “From The Beginning”.It’s a dynamo!!