Dokken "Heaven Comes Down" - Album Review
After an extended absence from the studio, Dokken has made a triumphant return with their latest album, "Heaven Comes Down." While it's not billed as a farewell album, it certainly feels like a celebration of the band's classic sound, as they manage to recapture the essence of their heyday with stunning precision.
Dokken's signature melodic hard rock style is undeniably intact on "Heaven Comes Down." The album opens with "Fugitive," a powerhouse track that immediately transports listeners back to the glory days of '80s rock. Don Dokken's distinctive vocals soar alongside Jon Levin’s searing guitar work, reminiscent of their best work. It's a testament to the band's ability to maintain their original sound even after all these years.
"Gypsy" stands out as another gem on the album, embodying the spirit of Dokken's timeless melodies and memorable hooks. The chorus is catchy and infectious, showcasing their songwriting prowess. Don Dokken's emotive delivery and Levin’s virtuosic guitar solos bring a sense of nostalgia, making it a track that captures the essence of classic Dokken.
A notable highlight of "Heaven Comes Down" is the heartfelt ballad, “I’ll Never Give Up.” This track is an emotional rollercoaster, with Don Dokken's poignant vocals shining through.
"Over the Mountain" cranks up the intensity, paying homage to Dokken's harder edge. The track's thunderous drumming lay a solid foundation for Levin’s incendiary guitar riffs, reminiscent of their '80s classics. It's a testament to the band's enduring ability to deliver hard-hitting rock anthems.
What makes "Heaven Comes Down" special is Dokken's remarkable ability to recapture their classic sound. The album doesn't feel like a mere rehash of their past hits but a genuine return to their roots, with a modern touch that doesn't dilute their signature style. It's a testament to their musical maturity.
In "Heaven Comes Down," Dokken demonstrates that they can still deliver the goods. This album is a must-listen for anyone who ever rocked out to the band's iconic anthems, and it shows that Dokken's legacy is alive and well in the 21st century.
DON DOKKEN – Vocals
JON LEVIN – Guitar
CHRIS McCARVILL – Bass
BJ ZAMPA – Drums
Produced by Bill Palmer & Don Dokken
Bill Palmer: acoustic guitar on ‘Santa Fe’
Mark Boals: special guest (background vocals)