“Alone Again” is a power ballad written and released by the American heavy metal band Dokken on their 1984 album Tooth and Nail, the second studio album by American heavy metal band Dokken, released on September 14, 1984, through Elektra Records. After the unsuccessful release of the band’s debut album in the US, the record label was reluctant to give credit to Dokken for a follow-up. Dokken’s management struggled to convince the label’s executives to give the band another chance and this fight for recognition is reflected in the album’s title. This album was the group’s first with bassist Jeff Pilson following Juan Croucier’s departure to join Ratt.
The production of the album was entrusted to renowned producer Tom Werman, but the recordings were hampered by the clash of egos between vocalist Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch, who could not work together in a studio at the same time, and by the excesses of musicians and technicians. For these reasons, Werman was unable to carry on his work and quit the job after a few weeks, replaced by Roy Thomas Baker and Michael Wagner, who completed the recordings and mixed the album. The music of the album ranges from fast and aggressive tracks to pop and melodic ballads, representing a transition from classic heavy metal to the more commercial glam metal.
Tooth and Nail received positive reviews but was a slow seller, reaching the peak of No. 49 on the US Billboard 200 album chart and Gold status more than ten months after its release, on the wake of the success of the single “Alone Again” and of its accompanying music video. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1989, after both Under Lock and Key (1985) and Back for the Attack (1987) had achieved such status
. The single reached #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was written by singer Don Dokken and bassist Jeff Pilson.
Its lyrics talk about a man’s depression after a break-up. The music video had a story similar to a lot of other power ballads. Almost 70% of it is filmed in black and white along with some colored scenes. It shows the band performing the song live along with some shots of Don Dokken being alone in a room.
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