Dokken
Under Lock and Key


4.5
superb

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
March 6th, 2012 | 9 replies | 1,487 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dokken's third album does not top it's predecessor, but comes close to equaling it.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Dokken: The Golden Years

Part III of IV: Under Lock and Key


Tooth and Nail was a very tough album to follow, being in pretty much every sense Dokken's magnum opus. Nevertheless, the band had enough energy and creativity to release an album that could be a fitting enough successor. The band was certainly in it's top shape at this time, and logic pretty much dictated that they follow a similar formula to that earlier record. Thus, we get 1985's Under Lock and Key.

Dokken's roster at this time consisted of:

Don Dokken: Vocals
George Lynch: Guitars
Jeff Pilson: Bass
Mick Brown: Drums


Of course, to truly understand this record, it's necessary to go beyond the mere production process. By this time, Dokken was one of the leading glam metal acts in terms of sales. Gaining more and more commercial exposure, it was inevitable that the somewhat straightforward approach of Tooth and Nailhad to be watered down somewhat. That's not to say that Under Lock and Key is seriously weakened by this, but it does mean that this album has somewhat poppier leanings than it's predecessor.

Of course, Lynch's guitar is still as strong as ever. He never gets to top his performance in [i]Tooth and Nail[i], but he comes quite close. He pulls off some cool riffs and impressive solos that still count among his best. Don's voice comes through nicely as always, even if the lyrics themselves can be quite cheesy. Drums for the most part simply serve to add tension in some songs here and there, but for all intents and purposes, they are not memorable. The same goes for the bass, which again is barely audible.

In My Dreams is easily the best-known song from this album. It's also the easiest to remember: it starts off with a nice riff and a nice bridge that goes:

What can I say or do
You won't come back, we're through
I've realized too late
That, baby, your love has turned away


Yes, it's cheesy, but Don makes it look good the way he performs it. The song also features one of Lynch's most famous solos. Yet other standout tracks include Unchain the Night, Lightnin' Strikes Again, The Hunter and It's Not Love (all these tracks possess more or less similar qualities to In My Dreams). Overall, this album is recommended for any fan of 80's music, hard rock, or glam metal. Dokken's more than occasional cheesiness may turn off some people, but those who manage to ignore will easily come to enjoy this record.

Recommended Tracks:

-In My Dreams
-Unchain the Night
-The Hunter
-It's Not Love
-Lightnin' Strikes Again

Up next:

Part IV: Back for the Attack



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ThroneOfAgony
March 5th 2012



3485 Comments


Well written pos

CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2012



28340 Comments


lotta rock written recently, good thing tho, metalcore sucks

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

dannyboy89
March 5th 2012



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks. I think my Dokken reviews have probably been far better than my Anthrax reviews.

KjSwantko
March 6th 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Hunter, man. The Hunter. It's jams hard and is so damn catchy; I remember one time driving around listening to it 7-8 times in a row

KjSwantko
March 6th 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And Lynch is proof you don't need speed to write great solos

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2012



19998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules.

Pretty good review, have a pos.

TheNotrap
March 6th 2012



7982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

NEVER UNCHAINNNNNNNNN THE NIGHT

Nice work, have a pos.

dannyboy89
March 6th 2012



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thaks guys. Oh and:

I'M THE HUNTER!!!

dannyboy89
March 8th 2012



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I shall fish up the series tomorrow. Won't be reviewing anything else from Dokken. Santana will probably be next.



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