Seasick Steve - Sonic Soul Surfer
Some artists struggle to deliver the immediacy of their live shows in their recorded output, and over the past few years everyone’s favourite former busking guitar wizard Seasick Steve has been in that camp. His use of one string, two string, three string, etc., guitars give his shows a unique frisson that his albums have sometimes lacked. His consistency over seven albums is an achievement of sorts but there’s a nagging feeling that Steve Wold hasn’t produced anything definitive yet; he’s always been satisfying rather than exciting. Taking the reigns himself again on Sonic Soul Surfer, he produces the record of self-penned tracks whilst playing with longtime musical partner, drummer Dan Magnusson. This time round things ring a little clearer.
Long time Seasick fans shouldn't be worried; from the consistent presence of the boogie track, 'Sonic Soul Boogie' to 'Dog Gonna Play' mark this as unmistakably a SS album. The hubcap guitarist is more adept at the slow stuff than he's often given credit for, 'We Be Moving' and 'Heart Full Of Scars' appear late on and add an unexpected variety to the standard dirty blues riffs and melodies. The best though is 'Barracuda '68', a paean to Seasick's recently purchased classic car. Overall then, it's business as usual for the silver surfer.