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5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy initially, and it grows on you over time too, 20 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Spend The Night (Intl Version) (Audio CD)
I bought this album this summer while I was in Los Angeles, because The Donnas did the music for the MTV show 'Surf Girls' that I was watching (now showing here in the UK too), and it provided a great soundtrack to a killer summer. I came to Amazon UK to look up the tracknames as iTunes hadn't imported my CD properly, and as I went through all the track names I realised I could remember the chorus from EVERY single song, just from the song title. This surprised me since I'd considered all of the songs to 'sound the same', but on reflection, they're all extremely catchy and have unique hooks. The lyrics are clear, easy to remember, and totally 'feel good'. So, I felt driven to write a review, considering my opinion of the album just shot up within a few minutes.
The Donnas have been releasing albums for five years now (I think this is their fourth) but this is the first album to ride the waves over the UK in any big way. But the Donnas are not just about the music, it's the whole image of the 'chick rock' band. They're not too dissimilar from British chick punk band Kenickie (fronted by Lauren Laverne), except that The Donnas are still going, and have a much bigger Californian/surf rock influence. This album screams 'West Coast'. This is no British influence punk, it's convertibles, palm trees, and hammering down the freeway to Santa Monica. That's the whole mood of this album, and if you're stuck in a bedsit in rainy Barnet hopefully this will rub off.
There's no point in reviewing individual tracks. They're all uptempo riff-driven surf-pop-rock tracks that you can head bang to. No particularly strong tracks, no particularly weak ones, it's just a solid disc to throw in to evoke California.. much like anything by Smash Mouth, Goldfinger, or Weezer (at a push).
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