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Shines
Saw you laying on the floor Blowing smoke out the door Saw your toes curling round Started my head making sounds Your love shines Your love... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
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  1. 75
    Ride The Black Wave is both a joy to listen to and a pain to consider critically: The type of music they’re playing could realistically be called superfluous or superb, depending on your level of engagement with it; the tunes could be called plagiaristic or panoptic depending on your state of mind when you’re listening to them.
  2. Jun 12, 2014
    70
    By the end, listeners will feel like they've been laying out in the sun all day, warm in the glow of the Donkeys' heartfelt love for all things Cali, complete with the sound of washing waves and seagull cries.
  3. Jun 12, 2014
    60
    The experiments can sometimes push too far to fit, as on “Imperial Beach”, while other moments (like “Blues in the Afternoon”) seem cut off too soon, but overall Ride the Black Wave is another solid, unexpected sound from the San Diego outfit.
  4. Jun 12, 2014
    60
    On their fourth album in a decade, the Donkeys don’t have surprises so much as a more confident and accomplished execution.