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Erase the Slate (CMC International)

By: Geoff Melton

Erase the Slate!!! There couldn't be a more fitting title for the latest Dokken album, one that marks a welcome return to the sound they're known for, after the alternative sounds of their last disc Shadowlife (a disc I was among the few listeners who actually liked, but one that by no means sounded like Dokken), and features the debut of new guitarist Reb Beach (ex-Winger, Alice Cooper). Being a huge fan of George Lynch's guitar expertise, I was skeptical about what to expect from Erase the Slate, but as soon as the opening title cut came blasting through the speakers there was no doubt this was a keeper, and for me the Dokken album I've been waiting on since Tooth and Nail. Erase the Slate has it all, a high energy collecton full of strong melodies and harmonies, excellent guitar work (Reb's apparently been restrained in the past, because he really lets loose here -- check out his work on 'Drown'), Don's strongest vocals in years and most importantly, the sound of a relaxed band enjoying what they're doing, an element that's been missing for a long time, due to the everpresent internal tensions. Fans afraid of getting Shadowlife II can relax, Erase the Slate marks the return of the Dokken you know and love.
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