The Donkeys: Ride the Black Wave
The ambivalent allure and ennui of life on the sunny Pacific Coast runs through Ride the Black Wave, the self-questioning fourth album from fab San Diego country-rockers the Donkeys. Whether to remain in Cali or move to France is the nagging question in â€śSunny Daze,â€ť a mellow meditation employing the bandâ€™s winsome harmonies, serpentine keyboard and woozy slide guitar. The Donkeys cut to the cosmic chase in the slithering, sitar-driven strains of â€śImperial Beachâ€ť and â€śBlues in the Afternoon,â€ť a condensed account of the great Western migration. But where do you go from there? If not France, then the Hawaiian-flavored â€śBrown Eyed Ladyâ€ť and â€śBahamasâ€ť suggest other viable options.