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  • 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: #153,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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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The Donnas make music that is pure rock n roll.
Laboratory
The first impression was that these tracks were quite weak compared to their older stuff.
Metallah
Yes, that is in fact what the Donnas have done with their latest album, Gold Medal.
Billy Sablan

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By eric_f on October 26, 2004
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 By Frank J. Nova on 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 By Foos on October 28, 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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.

I read in an interview with Allison Robertson that she didn't care to impress anyone on the guitar but herself. However, I was impressed by what she did on this album more than anything else that she has ever done. Her guitar solos are some of the most effective guitar solos that I've ever heard.

Maya Ford gets to do more than just play the basic notes for each song. She has always been a great solid bass player with Screen, Ragady Anne, the Electrocutes, and with the Donnas. She still is solid, but on "Don't Break Me Down," and the title track, she's playing a bit more than she usually has.

Torry Castellano was recovering from tendinitis operations, so she was in a lot of pain when doing this album. However, the other three were more than happy to do everything much slower for her, to make things easier for her. With that in mind, that had a positive impact on the songwriting. Also, her drumming on this album is very different from what she usually does. I think that's a good thing for this album.

Brett Anderson's voice has never sounded as beautiful as it does on this album. She's always been a hard rock singer, but this time, she's doing something different.

To conclude, on this album, the Donnas are doing something much more experimental than their other stuff, and although a lot of fans hate this one because it's softer, I love it. Also, THEY ARE NOT SELLING OUT ON THIS, THEY ARE EXPERIMENTING!!!
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