Born with Stripes - The Donkeys
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 2, 2011
    70
    Not everything is great from here on out, but taken as a whole, the last half-dozen tunes on the record are far stronger than the first set.
  2. 70
    Musically, Born With Stripes could use a touch more diversity, but vintage chops, summertime hooks, and a lack of filler are all certainly something to be admired.
  3. May 3, 2011
    55
    With no clear-cut standout like "Nice Train" or "Dolphin Center," the record fights to find its footing on slacker-rock ground and never quite gets there.
  4. Apr 29, 2011
    80
    The album as a whole, however, is more than reasonably enjoyable. While still by its nature loosely strung and carefree, Born with Stripes demands your attention in a way that Living on the Other Side never did.
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    70
    Just another chilled, spaghetti western-atmospheric SoCal indie rock venture then? Glad to hear it, keep 'em coming.
  6. Apr 29, 2011
    63
    Though they'd likely see a frighteningly short life span in a place like Brooklyn, this music remains endearing for reasons that have little to do with their record collections. Intangibles.
  7. Apr 29, 2011
    70
    Born with Stripes, is a quietly enjoyable listen, something where emotions get expressed with often restrained energy--but, crucially, never lacking that core energy to start with.
  8. Jun 30, 2011
    60
    The moments that do shine are thoroughly warm; warm in a natural, pretention-dropping way, which seems to be where they're aiming. If The Donkeys can recreate that feeling a few more times they might be wonderful. For now they're merely salvageable.
  9. Jun 3, 2011
    80
    The Donkeys' debut album was impressive enough, but there;s even more to admire in this fine follow-up. [Jul 2011, p.80]
  10. May 31, 2011
    80
    Superb. [Jun 2011, p.114]
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  1. Jun 29, 2011
    9
    A great follow-up for the Donkey's. Songs shuffle along and sing with hooks. It is nice to see a band making music that sounds fresh despite the fact that the influences are worn right on the sleeve. It seems like the band wrote in a more rock style for this album. The last album (Living on the Other Side) was a bit more laid back but this one isn't afraid to rock out a little bit. Truth is that I'm never sure what these songs lyrics are about but that doesn't really matter because the catchy hum-able style is prefect. Full Review »