Wicked Underground

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The on-again, off-again relationship of singer Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch has caused the best-known Dokken lineup to appear and disappear sporadically over the years. But Lynch and Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson seem to be getting along just fine, as 2003 saw the first release credited solely to "Lynch/Pilson," titled Wicked Underground. With Pilson also supplying lead vocals, the album is exactly what you'd expect from two Dokken vets working together -- melodic mainstream rock with a hard edge ("Breath & a Scream" and "Beast in the Box"), as well as a few tranquil bits ("Inner View"). With the music cut from the same musical cloth as Lynch and Pilson's former employer, Wicked Underground may very well be the strongest Dokken-related release in years (and yes, that's including subsequent releases by the group still going by the "Dokken" moniker).

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