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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

IT’S not of­ten that an act goes from record­ing a one-take al­bum in his kitchen to record­ing a fol­low-up three years later in es­teemed com­pany such as Nick Cave, Ruby Turner and K. T. Tun­stall. Noth­ing seems too out­landish in the ca­reer of Sea­sick Steve. At 68, he seems de­ter­mined to make the most of his new-found time in the spot­light. Af­ter 2006’ s ter­rif­i­cally ragged and low-down Dog House Mu­sic , there would al­ways be a con­cern that a pol­ished stu­dio fol­low up might knock a few cor­ners off Sea­sick Steve. For­tu­nately he has cor­ners by the spade­ful, and al­though I Started Out With Nothin’ And I Still Got Most of It Left maybe doesn’t have the stick­to­gether-with duct-tape-and-hope-for-thebest feel that Dog House did, it still re­veals new lay­ers to Sea­sick’s ex­pe­ri­ence-driven mu­sic. There is the sen­si­tive end of the spec­trum on Walkin’ Man and My Youth — where Sea­sick starts to sound like Eric Bibb or Harry Manx — and the dirtier, mud­dier end, such as the par­a­sitic af­flic­tions on Chig­gers and his trib­ute to the bum’s tip­ple of choice, Thun­der­bird . I Started Out With Nothin’ And I Still Got Most of It Left Sea­sick Steve Warner Mu­sic

Tom Jel­lett

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