Gone is the Nu-Metal experiment that was thrown upon us on "Smoke This". What George has done was take some of his favs and put them on this CD. He has taken tracks from DOKKEN and his old LYNCH MOB releases and heavied them up a bit. I know that they technology wasn't there back then, but don't you think you could have either put this on as a bonus disc or just use a few tracks on your next original CD?
The reason I say this is because the work he did with DOKKEN was magical even though it was Glam Rock. "Tooth And Nail" is harder than before, but doesn't feel right. It sounds like a cover band doing a DOKKEN song. Second vocalist from LYNCH MOB Robert Mason returns as well as Anthony Esposito on bass. I could see Lynch doing this live, but to press this on a disc? Hey, this is his decision. I am sure that this is how he wanted to hear this song 20 years ago, but what can you do?
Songs like "Tangled In A Web", "All I Want"," She's Evil", "Cold Is The Heart"," River Of Love" and so on didn't have to be redone. He did these on his own terms on his LYNCH MOB CD and there is really nothing different here than when they were originally recorded. "Kiss Of Death" Is much heavier than before to the point where I didn't even recognize it. Not bad, just not used to it.
"Breaking The Chains" is sludgier and grittier, but doesn't get my blood pumping like the original. The last DOKKEN song reworked is "Paris Is Burning." It has a new sound, but once again, I liked the original. There was a certain magic with George once upon a time with him and the guys in DOKKEN and that's what made these songs so magical and why we fell in love with them the first time around. If George played these songs live or used them as a bonus track here and there like I said before, I would be cool with it.
Here, he is just making a new album out of it so we can buy it. All I can say is that if you are a die hard DOKKEN/LYNCH fan then go out and buy it. If you prefer the originals, then just stick with all of your old DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB albums/CDs/cassettes. (Online April 29, 2003)