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Shadow Life CD

2.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Japanese edition of their 1997 album with two unmarked bonustracks, 'How Many Lives' & 'Deep Waters'. 15 tracks total. Victor release.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000001Y9X
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Having enjoyed all of Dokken's previous albums, I wasted no time plunking down my money to pick up "Shadowlife." Big mistake. The songwriting is horrible, and the production is even worse. If you're expecting to hear the same great, catchy songs that made "Under Lock and Key" and "Back for the Attack" classics, you won't find them here. This is just plain bad.
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Here Dokken jumps on the grunge/alternacrap bandwagon, with amazingly bad results. A bunch of boring, depressing songs with no real melodies or energy.
This is George Lynch's last album with Dokken, but any studio hack could've played guitar on this and we wouldn't have known. Gone is the screaming Mr Scary Lynch style, and in its place is this half baked effort.
Listen guys, people that like grunge (why, I don't know) aren't going to buy a Dokken album, and those of us that like good music don't want to hear the much detested "Seattle sound".
Stay away from this if you like earlier Dokken.
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Dokken is not a Seattle band. Nor are they a band of the 90's. So why they decided to try to reinvent themselves as a Seattle-type band is the big question. From what Don Dokken has been quoted as saying, George Lynch did not want to do an album that sounded like Dokken from the 80's, and actually refused to play anything even close to that style. That would certainly explain why the band moved into territory better left to bands like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and (prior to Cobain's demise) Nirvana. Precious few of the songs on SHADOWLIFE have a memorable hook or a solid riff. After DYSFUNTIONAL's near-perfect blending of 1980's style Dokken with 1990's down-tuned, darker sensibilities, SHADOWLIFE was a HUGE disappointment. Some of the songs are interesting though, and "Sky Beneath My Feet" actually approches DYSFUNCTIONAL territory. If you want a great new Dokken album buy DYSFUNCTIONAL or ERASE THE SLATE. If you are interested in hearing something experimental, then maybe SHADOWLIFE is what you're looking for.
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Since most of Dokken's fans are closed-minded, this album got lousy reviews from fans... but not critics, and not me, a very open-minded Dokken fan. Guitarist and musical genius George Lynch went into this album's recording session telling the band that he was set on not making another typical Dokken record, and the band followed, somewhat unwillingly. The result is far and away the most unique rock album that came out in '97 with a very diverse selection of music. Only a few rockers on here, but that's okay, because they rock... "Puppet on a String" and "Sky Beneath My Feet" are exciting as all hell songs. The rest of the album belongs to Lynch, I guess, because Don Dokken said those were the only two songs he felt good about. Nevertheless, some very memorable stuff elsewhere... "Until I Know" and "Until I Know (Slight Return)" are a bunch of beautiful experiments put together into two coinciding songs spread apart on the album. "Hard to Believe" and "Bitter Regret" are both absolutely goregous ballads that blow away all the ballad crap from 80's metal bands. "Cracks in the Ground" contains beautiful Beatles-like vocals from Don and some somewhat simple, yet thrilling guitarwork from Lynch. "I Don't Mind", I guarantee, is not like any other rock song ever put out by anyone. Not the most ear-appealing track on the album, but what an original piece of work... so different. My only big complaint about Shadowlife is that the production quality is kind of crappy... most of these songs don't sound clear when they're cranked on the stereo.
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This Album was a great disapointment for me. It has nothing to do with albums like "Under look and key" and "Tooth and Nail". "Dysfunctional" was still Dokken but this kind of music has nothing more to do with the music and the sound of the 80's Dokken. Dokken's last chanche:"Erase the Slate" (I heard it's more better then Dysfunctional and Shadow life.I Always hate Grunge and i hope nothing more to hear about this music from this Band
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By A Customer on March 26, 1999
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As good as Dysfunctional was, I had hopes for more of the same on their new release. Boy, was I disappointed. The whole album seems thrown together and not thought out. Lots of noise, with bad lyrics sung painfully. I agree with the previous reviewer - SAVE your money. I can only hope the new release due soon (with Reb Beach) is more in the Dysfunctional style.
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By A Customer on September 28, 1999
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My friend Mike was dead wrong when he told me to buy this. Save your money and buy the Greatest Hits (which hopefully no songs on this disk appear).
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I hate to see this album slagged because it's really great music. I guess so many people's expectations were shattered when they heared it and realized that Dokken was trying something new. I've heared many rumors, one in particular claims that George Lynch was trying to ruin the Dokken name by taking total control of the production and making a crappy album on purpose. I say that's a load of crap. Listen and you can tell that George, Don, Mick and Jeff were totally into what they were playing.

I say if you played someone this album and you didn't tell them it was Dokken, they would probably dig it. If you want classic Dokken, then buy the newest album Lightning Strikes Again - Lynch isn't playing on it, but you'd never know it.

Shadowlife is maybe not the best Dokken album, but a good album nonetheless..
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