Gold Medal - The Donnas
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  • Summary: The Donnas' second major-label effort was produced by Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Injected).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. The most striking aspect of Gold Medal is the band's remarkable maturation process over the past two years.
  2. We're skipping past Gold Medal's soggy, pub-folk title track toward an otherwise flawless album of glossy, commercial punk. [Dec 2004, p.142]
  3. 80
    They may be shamelessly role-playing their Joan Jett schtick, but The Donnas still out-rock earnest retro-bores like Jet and Kings Of Leon. [Dec 2004, p.157]
  4. 70
    There's... an unexpected intimacy in their nonchalance. [#13, p.92]
  5. Brett Anderson has always been the weakest link, so pointing out weak rhymes and the frequent unconvincing moments (she’s upstaged by the background vocals on the highlight “It’s So Hard”) seems cruel.
  6. On Gold Medal, even when they fail, it seems as if that failure is a result of The Donnas trying to carve their own identity rather than just being a cute cover band that ran out of ideas.
  7. Unoriginality at its best. [#8, p.109]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. samr
    Apr 16, 2005
    10
    Loved it!
  2. SpankyHamm
    Dec 18, 2004
    10
    The Donnas absolutely rock! Little AC/DC here, a little Cheap trick there, it's all good. I'm glad Brett Anderson feels comfortable with her voice and that the producer didn't feel it needed to be ProTooled like so many others (y'know, Britney, Avril, etc.). Maya's bass has been cranked up after a few too many albums being a Michael Anthony impersonator, and her bass lines crank. Torry still does a great job playing drums and Allison's guitar just shakes the foundations. A welcome follow-up to Spend The Night. Awesome! Expand
  3. KaseyB
    Feb 14, 2005
    10
    this is a great album and these girls rock, they are in your face and honest i love them!
  4. Matt
    Nov 8, 2004
    9
    I'm listening to a completely different album than the naysayers. The guitar work on this album lets them show off their ability. While the other albums were also very good, Gold Medal is less one-dimensional. Their fun lyrics were very rock and roll, but you can't stick with those lyrics forever. The lyrics here are intense. Expand
  5. MarkH
    Apr 4, 2005
    9
    This album flat-out rocks! Every song is awesome on this C.D. I listen to "Gold Medal" every day and never get tired of listening to it. This is definatly one of the best rock C.D.'s I have ever listened to! Expand
  6. ClaudiusM
    Feb 12, 2005
    9
    This is a great rock album, one of my favorites since Urge Overkill's Saturation. They've def grown up a bit and this one reflects that
  7. rodneym
    Nov 1, 2004
    3
    Oh dear ac/dc with tits.

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