Thursday, 26 March 2015

Album Review: Sonic Soul Surfer by Seasick Steve

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Blues musician and festival staple Seasick Steve has recently released his seventh album Sonic Soul Surfer just in time for festival season. Over recent years, Steve has become a well-known and popular musician, quietly establishing himself on top of the festival circuit. For that reason, it hardly seems believable that it’s been less than 10 years since Steve Wold first appeared in our lives with his 2006 performance on Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny TV show.

Seven albums in, there’s a real danger of music becoming stale. If you’ve ever heard a Seasick Steve record before, you’ll know exactly what to expect. Steve hasn’t altered his formula at all for Sonic Soul Surfer but, like the rest, it’s charmingly rough and ready music that you can’t help but like. In fact, the gruff energy of the music makes this album rank among Steve’s best work yet.

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