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