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Going through the motions

Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
By Dokken

Elektra Records: 1984

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This review first appeared in the October 31, 1984 issue of The Daily Aztec.

After Dokken's poor debut album, "Breakin' the Chains," was released in

1983, it was frankly a surprise to hear from them again. While the title track got some airplay, it generated little popularity in the heavy metal fan base.

Yet here they are again – although the new album is no better than the first. The first song, "Without Warning," is an instrumental – an oddity in metal. Guitarist George Lynch leads this with new bassist Jeff Pilson, who replaced Juan Croucier during the last tour. The song is a slow rocker that never really goes anywhere, and then segues into the title track, which is repetitious at best.

The rest of the album is notable only for Lynch's engaging guitar solo on "Heartless Heart." Pilson is solid enough, but drummer Mick Brown and lead singer/namesake Don Dokken seem content with half-hearted efforts throughout.

Save your money for something good.