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Like 1995's Dysfunctional, Shadow Life captures the reunited Dokken going through the motions. The band sounds tighter than before, due to a year of touring and also the talents of producer Kelly Gray, but the group still has trouble writing memorable hooks and songs. In such a setting, George Lynch still shines -- after all, he doesn't need a full song to demonstrate his technical prowess -- but the lack of real songs makes Shadow Life a chore.

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