By all accounts Broken Bones will be the last new release to carry the Dokken name. Singer/founder Don Dokken has stated that it is time for him to move on and try something new. The question you have to ask, is this a graceful bow out or the final nail in the coffin.
Not to be wishy washy but it’s a little of both. Broken Bones starts off in classic Dokken style with “Empire”. It has the distinctive sound accompanied with the signature harmonies combine for a track that could have come out during their heyday. Puzzlingly, it is followed by the mid-paced title track and loses any momentum that the album may have had. Thankfully there are three rockers right after that. Highlight of those is the outstanding “Blind”. Song quality aside, it shows that Don has been a very underrated songwriter. He is able to take a well worn subject and eschew the normal cliches that would come with it. For me the standout of the album is “Today”. It is just a tremendous ballad that evokes the unplugged album, One Night Live, they did many moons ago.
There is one aspect that needs to be addressed. Obviously, George Lynch is no longer in the and band. His replacement is Jon Levin and Broken Bones is his third album with Dokken. I think that tenure has paid off as there seems to be a better chemistry than on previous releases. Sometimes his playing does seem to pay homage, aka sound a lot like Mr. Scary, but I guess that is to be expected.
So is this a fitting way to go out? I think so. All in all Broken Bones is a good album, out of the 11 songs there are only a couple are duds .The past couple of Dokken albums have been spotty at best so if this is the final release then they went out well.
That is until the original lineup get back together next summer.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space