Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 29, 2011
    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.
  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. Apr 29, 2011
    Just another chilled, spaghetti western-atmospheric SoCal indie rock venture then? Glad to hear it, keep 'em coming.
  4. Apr 29, 2011
    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. Jun 30, 2011
    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.
  6. Apr 29, 2011
    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. Sep 2, 2011
    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.
  8. May 3, 2011
    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.
  9. Q Magazine
    May 31, 2011
    Superb. [Jun 2011, p.114]
  10. Uncut
    Jun 3, 2011
    The Donkeys' debut album was impressive enough, but there;s even more to admire in this fine follow-up. [Jul 2011, p.80]
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  1. Jun 29, 2011
    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 despiteA 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 »