Sounds Like: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Lupen Crook, PJ Harvey, The The (and Matt Johnson)
Label: Articles of Faith
Bio: Ruben Vine is an independent musician, wordsmith and songwriter producing something different with his brand of alternative rock, punk and urban folk filtering up from the depths of the underground. A musician who observes and comments on personal and social issues that effect him and the world h...See Full Bio
"Ruben Vine plays the majority his instruments and records in his Brighton based studio. Slave Love reminds me of the solo albums of Zounds Steve Lake and Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba. The album is very well produced and opens with a bluesy guitar solo on Here We Go morphing into a “poptastic” chorus. Blackhearted Devil also experiments with a blues style riff before Waste of time introduces some Levellers style violin work and a folksy vocal treatment with female backing vocals. The lyrics deal with depression, sex – Dirty & Rude a T-Rex riffed effort, boredom and personal politics. There is certainly a blues guitar vein holding the songs together and this is very evident on the dual male/female vocals of Do you love me? This track would not sound out of place on a John Spencer Blues Explosion album and, on this evidence Mr. Vine is a very accomplished songwriter...The album grew on me after repeated listens and I think it will you on you too..."