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Gold Medal (U.S. Version 83758)

DonnasAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Label
  • ASIN: B0002ZI9DI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Don't Want To Know (If You Don't Want Me) (Album Version)
2. Friends Like Mine (Album Version)
3. Don't Break Me Down (Album Version)
4. Fall Behind Me (Album Version)
5. Is That All You've Got For Me (Album Version)
6. It's So Hard (Album Version)
7. The Gold Medal (Album Version)
8. Out Of My Hands (Album Version)
9. It Takes One To Know One (Album Version)
10. Revolver (Album Version)
11. Have You No Pride (Album Version)
12. Fall Behind Me (Video)

Editorial Reviews

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The Donnas proved themselves more than apt at playing fast and fun party rock in a Ramones-y mold from their teenage get-go in 1998, then quickly amassed a huge following for their increasingly "pro," deliriously fun retro-rock. In 2002, they surprised lots of folks with Spend the Night, an album that showed more lyrical finesse as well as Cheap Trick/ Thin Lizzy-ish pop-rock flourishes. On 2004's Gold Medal, however, the wayback machine continues to spiral backwards, and the result is far less pleasurable. The songs plod along with little reward, most of them "going over like a lead zeppelin," to quote Keith Moon. There are some nice touches, from the Zombies-esque backing vocals on "Don’t Break Me Down" to the truly psychedelic guitar solo in "Out of My Hands." But in the end, Gold Medal will likely be remembered as the Donnas album with way too much cowbell on it. --Mike McGonigal

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Gold Medal (U.S. Version 83758) by The Donnas

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Donnas make a solid return with a twist of the 70's October 26, 2004
By eric_f
Format:Audio CD
Ever since hearing Spend The Night, I've been a fan of The Donnas. I find their music fun to listen to and hum along. They may not be revolutionary nor groundbreaking but they don't have to be. These 4 ladies can more than hold their own weight in a male-dominated industry, and for that I say, good for them.

And now The Donnas are back with Gold Medal, their highly anticipated new album. Before I go on, I should say that the only Donnas album I own (other than Gold Medal) is Spend The Night, so my comparisons will be only to that album. That out of the way, I think Gold Medal lives up to the hype for the most part. One thing you'll notice, perhaps the first thing you'll notice, is that this album has a mellower feel than Spend The Night, even during the heavier songs. At first I wondered why this was so, and then realized it's because of the slightly less-polished production than Spend The Night. I can't help thinking of the overall sound of Gold Medal as 70's "fuzz" guitar. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you. It's as if The Donnas want the listener to focus on the music itself this time, rather than just the chunky, loud power chords that Spend The Night consisted of. Which one is better? That will be a personal preference, but I have to say that I liked the production on Spend The Night better. Don't get me wrong though, Gold Medal sounds great too. It's just another type of "great" if that makes sense.

Lyrically, The Donnas have injected a little more maturity into their songwriting, although their desire to party is still ever so present: case in point, the opening lines of "It's So Hard":

"I'm not obsessed, I could care less. I just want to get you undressed." If that's not trademark The Donnas, I don't know what is!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as raw as the others... November 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sure, they're not nailing crunch chords like before, but they're riffs have a lot more thought put into them.

They're growing up, and like it or not, getting a little more sophisticated.

I wouldn't sweat them turning into 4 Avrils just yet...

BTW I got my hands on a dualdisc, the last song ends after a minute on the CD side, but plays all the way through on the DVD side...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edge Lost October 28, 2004
By Foos
Format:Audio CD
_____Today I purchased the DualDisc version of Gold Medal. It was the same price as the regular version, so I picked it up. My portable CD player has a hard time playing it, even though it has no difficulty playing any other CD (it is, however, a very old and dilapidated CD player).

_____It eventually began to play the disc consistently and I was eager to hear The Donnas' new music. After listening to the entire album about three times through, I am very disappointed. The overall drive from their previous release, Spend the Night, is missing from most tracks. It sounds and looks as if The Donnas were trying for more of a mainstream appeal via taking cues from Jet. The power has left the music in lieu of unimaginative parallel diction and rhyming phrases and poppy guitar riffs and lead fills. The cover art for Gold Medal is also very reminiscent of Jet's Get Born, a coincidence a true rock band in their right mind would never let occur.

_____I have heard in interviews from the Spend the Night period that when The Donnas sit down to record an album, they put their heart into every song they record and try to make every last track great. This is not what Gold Medal sounds like. I was drawn into buying it not just by how much I enjoyed Spend the Night, but also by hearing their first single from the album "Fall Behind Me" by way of the internet. I do enjoy this song on the album, as it falls victim to the aforementioned problems only to a lesser extent. The other songs on the album do not sound like they received the same amount of time, effort, and preparation for the album "Fall Behind Me" received. This is not an album I enjoy listening to from start to finish.

_____I am not very satisfied with the album that is Gold Medal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Transitional Effort July 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's been mentioned before, but the thing that struck me most about "Gold Medal" is the production. There is NO reverb or delay or ambiance at ALL - in some ways this makes the end result more immediate and accessible - but in others, oddly enough, it makes the band (make no mistake about it - this is a GREAT band!) sound somehow distant and sterile. The appeal of previous Donnas CDs was the sense that you'd turned the wrong corner on your way home and just happened upon the coolest and most rocking band on the planet. Listening to The Donnas was a bit like being in the garage while they cranked it out like only they can. They CAN crank it out and they do so here with a maturity and a willingness to expand their horizons that takes some serious balls. I'm sure they could recycle the familiar Donnas formula if that's what they wanted to do - but, to their credit, they're smart enough to know that in the end they'd end up being little more than a parody of themselves (unless I've missed something there's not a single reference to underwear on the entire CD!) After repeated listenings I realize that I LIKE these songs - I'd love to hear them in the garage - or on the stage. As good as the production on this CD is (Hell, I'm considering experimenting with a similarly "Dry" sound on my projects - I can see places where it would work well..) it's just WRONG for The Donna's. They need the "live" feel for their songs to have the immediacy that hits you between the eyes and keeps on hitting. They are growing as artists and musicians and I salute them for the effort and I'll be in line to buy the next effort. Go Girls! (Women? Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
What's not to like? Bought it mainly for Fall Behind Me but was pleased with the entire album. Wish I could buy all of their albums!
Published 12 months ago by Twoozle
5.0 out of 5 stars good album
The Donnas! They rock on this album. And it's not just noise. Allison Robertson is a very good guitarist and Torry and Maya (drums and bass, respectively), are a firm rythm section... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Old Goat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rock album!
I have listened to this album over and over again. I think it's their best all-around work, plain and simple. Nothing else to say.
Published on January 28, 2010 by steve mickelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Green Andy Reviews: The Donnas - Gold Medal
They've never been the most original band, but the Donnas have usually been one of the most dependable rock bands out there. Read more
Published on October 4, 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Go For The Gold
Great follow up album from their previous effort. A little more polished, but not too much. The songs still maintain most of the edge that made "Spend The Night" a commercial... Read more
Published on June 21, 2009 by Jimi Joplin
3.0 out of 5 stars 3rd place Medal
Of the three Donnas' records that I currently own (Gold Medal, Bitchin', and Spend the Night), Gold Medal comes in third place. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by snake plisken
5.0 out of 5 stars Winded down and Smooth.
I'm pleased With another Donnas album from start to finish. I play this CD religiously without skipping any songs. Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by ULTRA
3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD for fans of The Donnas
Gold Medal is a good CD that fans of The Donnas, and fans of classic rock, should enjoy. It not as punk-pop as Spend The Night, and lens more toward a 70s vibe. Classic Pop Rock. Read more
Published on August 28, 2008 by Doc Shred
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Rock Rocks
I am not much for old rock n roll, but mostly because i dont like old recordings with hums and hiss's and background noises. But the donnas make Rock Rock again. Read more
Published on June 30, 2008 by Patrick Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I would listen to this album regularly during a very hard part of my life. However, listening to it now, I feel, is even better. Read more
Published on June 26, 2008 by RockinRobin411
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