Don was definitely great in his prime. He sounded amazing on Back For The Attack in particular.Don Dokken is my favourite singer. Great vocals, and the best vibrato in the business.
I found it to be half-baked in terms of the songwriting. Don sounded good on it, but the songs didn’t really come together, IMO.Up From the Ashes is almost as good as the golden era Dokken material.
For me, the best example of a good Dokken record without Lynch would be Erase The Slate. Reb Beach put his own stamp on the guitars while honoring Lynch’s legacy, and there are some great tracks on there like the title track and “Voice Of The Soul”. I also think this was the last album where Don’s voice was still pretty strong.