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The Donnas

  • American Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Machine [Lookout!, 1998] Neither
  • The Donnas Get Skintight [Lookout, 1999] A-
  • The Donnas Turn 21 [Lookout, 2001] *
  • Spend the Night [Atlantic, 2002] A-
  • Gold Medal [Atlantic, 2004] *
  • Bitchin' [Purple Feather, 2007] Dud
  • Greatest Hits Vol. 16 [Purple Feather, 2009] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

American Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Machine [Lookout!, 1998] Neither

The Donnas Get Skintight [Lookout, 1999]
Teen life as teen combat, with tunes and sexual content both revved up, which synergy is the only form maturity can (as yet) take with these Bay Area molls. If more young females had a purchase on the scornful independence the Donnas transform into fun, this act might actually pose role model problems. Let's just hope it'll loom larger in the fantasy lives of shy girls than of dirty young men. Because fun it is. A-

The Donnas Turn 21 [Lookout, 2001]
skank hos get fucked ("Midnite Snack," "Police Blitz") *

Spend the Night [Atlantic, 2002]
On this beefed-up sprint to the major-label gold, their shallow attitude makes up for their skinny voices and vice versa. Getting laid can be a healthy character adjustment in singers who don't have the muscle to force themselves on anybody tougher than an a&r man who admires their songwriting. It's all been said before, but few penis carriers put it so consistently or succinctly. "Met a shy guy from Knoxville, Tennessee/High school yum yum give me some Hennessey." Or if that isn't legal enough for you, how about "Don't wanna be your friend/Don't try to take me home/This won't happen again/Just take me to the backseat"? A-

Gold Medal [Atlantic, 2004]
Next stop, matrimony--either that or their own line of porn flicks ("It's So Hard," "It Takes One to Know One"). *

Bitchin' [Purple Feather, 2007] Dud

Greatest Hits Vol. 16 [Purple Feather, 2009]
Remakes, remixes, B sides, live versions, and other previously unreleaseds become one shallow, sexed up, hard rock thing ("She's Out of Control," "Fall Behind Me"). **