Sound — 10
Dokken had achieved moderate success with their second album "Tooth & Nail" which featured a few radio hits in the early '80s. This was the bands third trial and it was a charm. Under Lock & Key ultimately became the bands highest selling album and a piece of classic metal. The album is 21 years old and still a listenable album. Don Dokken's anthemic choruses matched with guitar virtuoso George Lynch's chainsaw guitar sound.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrically, nothing deep here but just great upbeat rock tracks and a couple ballads. Super-hit singles "In My Dreams" and "It's Not Love" are fun songs that feature above average guitar work. This is a metal record, there's no denying this. Don Dokken's vocals compliment the band and the songs they sing. His range isn't very high pitched but this is what set Dokken apart from other bands at the time.
Overall Impression — 10
The subjects on this album are more cheerful which is often times frowned upon by today's metal listening youth who apparently have forgotten that if it weren't for guys like Dokken metal's torch wouldn't have been passed. An interesting thing that many people don't know is that Dokken has been considered an influence by bands such as Children of Bodom, Hammerfall and Stratovarius. Put your personal issues with make-up wearing '80s bands aside and do what your supposed to do as a musician and listen to the actual record to judge the album rather than looking at the cover. "Unchain The Night" is a fan favorite. "The Hunter" is an emotional rocker. "In My Dreams" has an awesome guitar solo. "It's Not Love" is a chainsaw guitar song. "Lightning Strikes Again" is probably the best composed song on the album. It's a classic metal masterpiece.