THE DONNAS - "Bitchin'" double LP
This was one of those albums that I had to snatch a little while back but I couldn't really listen to it for review purposes
until now because of work, other commitments, the holidays, etc. The Donnas' return from the valley of the majors finds them
offering up a collection of straight ahead high-octane hard rock with a bedrock of powerful hooks and an almost anthemic quality
throughout. Using the basic guitar/bass/drums blueprint, these songs simmer with attitude and a mid tempo swagger harnessing
the energy of their earlier albums into a slow burn that explodes shockingly rather than being like a grenade to the face.
The overall effect is a little poppier than normal at times, but it's still managing to be one of the best hard rock albums
of the last 12 months (unfortunately, it's one of the most overlooked as well thanks to gender apartheid on rock radio).
The double album vinyl has each record on a different hue of purple vinyl with some songs that aren't available either on
the CD or the album download, which readers with a turntable should know in the interest of full disclosure. Fans of vintage
(60s or 70s) or vintage sounding hard tock and proto metal will definitely love the new Donnas album. Kudos to them for showing
that this type of hard rock can still be relevant in this day and age. (BOONE)
(Purple Feather Records)