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The Donnas, ‘Bitchin” (Purple Feather)

Bitchin’ is the Donnas’ first album since exiting the major-label system that subtracted any irony from their sexed-up rock-chick spectacle. So you’d expect the new stuff to sound empowered and celebratory. Instead, the Donnas have never seemed less enthused; none of these 14 tracks contains a melody as catchy or a beat as pumping as those on Spend the Night or Gold Medal. When frontlady Brett Anderson announces in “Save Me” that “I’m gonna party till the day I die,” her voice reveals more weariness than excitement.

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