Japanese edition of 2002 album includes 3 bonus tracks 'Dancin' (the Irish Song), 'Only Heaven Knows' & 'Let It Be True'.
It's sad that Dokken's image forced them into that dreaded hair-band category, because they've always been more talented than most of the groups of that era. Despite major lineup changes--original bassist Jeff Pilson has been replaced by Barry Sparks and former Europe guitarist John Norum has stepped in for Reb Beach--the band has retained much of their signature sound. Don Dokken likes to work with fiery guitarists who counter his soothing vocals and melodies, and he has again found that complementary balance. Long Way Home
picks up the back-to-basics style of their 1999 release, Erase the Slate
. Diehards will be delighted with the heavy "Under the Gun," as it sounds like an outtake from Under Lock and Key
. The band goes deeper on the midtempo "Everybody Needs (To Be with Someone)," which has a touch of Beatles-esque pop. Of course there are ballads, and the pretty "Goodbye My Friend," intertwining acoustic guitars and piano, stands out as one of the album's strongest cuts, along with "There Was a Time," with its gorgeous harmonies and irresistible chorus. There's something here for every fan, and it all still sounds like Dokken. --Gail Flug