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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Armed with guitar-driven ditties as tight as their leather pants and lyrics sharper than those of artists twice their age, the newly legal pop-punk saviors dole out another dose of Ramones-style dope. [1/19/2001, p.86]
  2. It is infectious in the best and most viral sense of the word -- the songs get under your skin and thrash around.
  3. 80
    They've tempered the cheerleader quality of their vocals, and the breakneck pace has slowed down just enough for you to discover that, somewhere along the line, they learned to play and sing. [#48, p.85]
  4. The Bay Area punk-rockers mix early Ramones with '80s metal.
  5. 60
    The sound misses the arenarific pump of 1999's Redd Kross-produced Get Skintight, and with that album's move from junk-punk to semi-pro metal now complete, the talent gap in the group has started to glare. [2/2001, p.108]
  6. The Donnas do what they do just fine, but, four albums into their career, you can't help but want to see a little bit of growth in place of arrested development.
  7. Like the group's previous records, "Turn 21" sticks to a formula based in familiarity—so familiar that one questions the value of this recording.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. LisaM
    Dec 28, 2002
    8
    Okay so the lyrics are a little if-y and kinda generic but it's the absolute best girl power chick music awesome shit ever!! I LOVE it.

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