Re: Best Hair Metal Singer Ever
Posted by: Don ()
Date: June 03, 2020 01:24PM

I definitely think of DD as being a better vocalist than VN or SP.

I might be talking out of my butt, but in my mind, the primary thing that made DD different from almost all of his peers was that his vocals were always smooth and clean. Dokken's heyday came at a time when many of his peers sang in really high registers, the operatic style of singing was big, so many singers had gruff/gritty/raspy voices, and screaming was a common part of this music. Meanwhile, DD's vocals were often silky smooth, had very little rasp, and he pretty much never screamed.

From a technical standpoint, he probably didn't have the same range as some singers (although he could certainly hit some high notes) and his voice did get a bit nasal-ly at times. Still, I have to say that I'm surprised that his abilities (in his prime - clearly not in the present) aren't held in higher regard.

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