"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..."
“4 Star review by Sarah Keary for Music Review Unsigned May 2012: It’s not often you find an artist that has definitive influences and rolls it all up to make their own, but Ruben Vine creates one hell of an album he calls Slave Manifesto. For a second album, Sussex-born Vine has started his career on the right foot. It has been quite some time since I have listened to an album produced by an unsigned artist that has the power that some signed artists spend their lifetimes trying to create. Slave Manifesto fits perfectly within the rock scene of today, bringing back what we were waiting for: quality rock... ...Ruben Vine is a very talented artist with a very bright future, and with a little help from the experts, he can produce a game-changing album. You’ve got to admit, for what is good on Slave Manifesto, it’s outstanding.... Read the full review on their website ”