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Review: Dokken "Back for the Attack" Featuring the Powerful Vocals of Don Dokken

Updated on February 28, 2021
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Dokken Back For The Attack Front Cover

Back For The Attack Is An Album That Starts Off Very Well

Dokken is an American hard rock band that achieved notoriety and fame in the 1980’s for their hard rock style and the powerful vocals of Don Dokken. Their 1987 album Back for the Attack is another album that adds to their greatness. After the fast picking style of the opening song "Kiss of Death," we are introduced to the song Prisoner. This is a very good song that is about someone that is trapped in a relationship based on lies and deception. In short, this is about a person that describes themselves as a “prisoner chained by love.”

Lineup for the Album Back for the Attack:

  • Don Dokken
  • George Lynch (note: not the basketball player that played for the Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Jeff Pilson
  • Mick Brown

Many Of The Songs in Back for the Attack Deal With The Concept Of Love And Relationships

"Night By Night" is about someone that wants to take the person that they love to their special place, their paradise as they call it. The band White Lion would also frequently cover the subject of love and relationships in their songs as well. "Standing in the Shadows" is a very catchy song about someone that desires more out of his life. He stands there wondering what to do as the world goes by. Indecision is one of the things that can really prevent us from knowing what we want out of life and that’s not good at all. I knew for a long time of the desire to be a writer so that’s one of the reasons you are reading this. After the pretty sub-standard song Heaven Sent, we are introduced to the instrumental song "Mr. Scary" as guitarist George Lynch shows us his excellence in this song. For those of you that enjoy mostly instrumental songs or albums, you can check out albums by Vinnie Moore or Marty Friedman. So Many Tears is about someone letting his lover know that he is ready to move on and there is no way to go back in time to the way that it was. Sometimes there are so many mistakes made and there is so much damage that has been done, there is no way to save the relationship.


The Best Song in the Second Half of the Album is Stop Fighting Love

As the second half of the album begins, we are treated to another love style rock song Burning Like a Flame. This song is about being sure without a doubt that the love of your life will always be with you even if they thought that you were insincere. When the love is this strong, it will not change. Stop Fighting Love has some of the most beautiful 10 second guitar parts you will ever hear! This is another song about trying to save a love relationship. He knows that he made mistakes but he is willing to accept responsibility for them and to get back the one he loves. This is sometimes very hard to do. As the song ends, there is some great melodic backing vocals by Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown. Can we convince the one that we love that he or she should stop fighting the urge to love? Love is one of the most complicated yet beautiful feelings in the world. Cry of the Gypsy is about someone who is described as having a restless soul and he has a willingness to travel until her finds the place that is most suitable for him. We call this kind of person a wanderer. Other than the weak song Heaven Sent, Back for the Attack is an enjoyable hard rock album by one of the most famous bands in the music business. Even so, this writer’s favorite Dokken album is 1985’s Under Lock and Key.

Favorite Song On Back For The Attack

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The song called "Standing In The Shadows"

Further Thoughts About the Album Back for the Attack

Prisoner features some of Don Dokken’s best vocals because of the tone and the power in them. He is not trying to strain his voice to make himself be heard and that’s the best part of his voice on this song. I love the message in the song “Stop Fighting Love.” If she stops resisting him. Stops fighting love than she’ll be back in his arms. Back for the Attack is considered to be Dokken’s best-selling album as it reached #13 on the US Billboard 200 music chats and it remained on the charts for 33 weeks.

The song called "Stop Fighting Love"

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


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