Re: Best Hair Metal Singer Ever
Posted by: Don ()
Date: June 05, 2020 01:48AM

Definitely. but it wasn't the norm. Even on the Stars song, we have Eric Bloom's silky smooth voice. And the likes of Phil Mogg, Phil Lynott, Louis St. August, etc. had styles that didn't incorporate soaring, shouting, screaming, screeching, raspiness, gruffness, operatics, etc. But those acts were certainly in the minority. Many/most of the really big acts at the time (whether Sunset Strip acts or otherwise) did: Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Leppard, GnR, Van Halen, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Priest, Maiden, etc.

Again, I'm not a particularly big fan of Don Dokken, and I certainly don't think that he was a great singer. But I do think that, in his prime, he was good.....better than some folks nowadays are willing to give him credit for. (And that's fine too - everyone's entitled to his/her own opinion - it's not really about being right or wrong. Whether or not a singer was "good" is about as subjective as something could possibly be.) But it's my opinion that DD just seems to be an easy target these days. Perhaps it is self-inflicted, and maybe he's a guy who's easy to diss, I don't really know. But I have to think that the semi-uniqueness of his voice might have a little to do with the notion that he was a weak singer. He simply didn't "belt it out" in the same way that was the norm for the Halfords, Dios, Dickinsons, etc.



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