March 03, 2003 12:00 PM

The Donnas (Atlantic)

If the Go-Go’s and Hole were to jam together, they might sound like the Donnas. Mixing a fun, pajama-party vibe with grungy, guitar-heavy rock, these four women (none of whom are actually named Donna) prove that they can easily hold their own with punk-pop guy groups like Blink-182 and Sum 41. Although there is a sameness to a lot of the cuts on their latest (there isn’t a ballad in the bunch), the Donnas bring a bracing energy and plenty of girl-power attitude to fierce and furious tracks like the first single, “Take It Off.” Lead singer Brett Anderson (a.k.a. Donna A.) injects the band’s witty lyrics with dry humor, singing sarcastically on “All Messed Up”: “Well, I must’ve had too many Diet Cokes/ ‘Cause I’m laughing at all your stupid jokes.”

BOTTOM LINE: A rockin’ good Night

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