The Donnas Turn 21

  • Record Label: Lookout!
  • Release Date: Jan 23, 2001
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    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. Magnet
    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. A punk-rock attitude and metal licks are all that are necessary for these four chicks to show the world what they want. Turn 21 is way heavier than the bubble-yum power-chord punch-punk they started out with—you know, the kind of three-minute tunes that came so easily when you were rehearsing after school for your first big show. But when they want to, the Donnas can still pull it all out and go Mano.
  5. Alternative Press
    80
    Their strongest and most distinctive effort to date. [#151, p.71]
  6. While they've evolved into a band that can actually, like, play more than a handful of chords, they wisely stick with what they know best -- trim, fast-paced, crunch-guitar-filled songs about sex and partying.
  7. The Bay Area punk-rockers mix early Ramones with '80s metal.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  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.