Slave Love LP (2016)

(4 customer reviews)


01.Here We Go
02.Blackhearted Devil
03.Waste of Time
04.Dirty and Rude
05.Do You Love Me?
07.Love Drives
08.Can You Feel

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Released 18.03.16
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8 Track Album
Playing time 30 min 04 secs
MP3 320kbs size 69.4 mb

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4 reviews for Slave Love LP (2016)

  1. JaYbEE

    Actually….. Real nice album. Starts with a few hits and singles with the likes of Here we go but matures deeply through the middle sections with Dirty and rude and Do you love me. Some fab layers of backing vocals and violins joining the party. Ruben ‘s passion and distain run deep taking you through a twisting meandering journey since the last album. Lovin the funky finish ffs . Proper alright.

  2. Stumpy

    As we have mentioned before here at, we see the genre of punk as a ‘broad church’ and the latest album from Ruben Vine is certainly a long way away from the three-chord punk/Oi/Ska/grindcore that makes up the majority of our reviews. 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 has 9 songs in all with many clocking in over 4 minutes. This allows Vine to build complex verse/chorus interactions and the songs veer into different directions before returning to the original theme. One of the shorter songs – Can you feel? again adds female backing vocals to great effect. It’s a strong song and the entire album is a mellower, folkier, bluesier version of the DIY ethos that the punk spirit is all about.

    The album grew on me after repeated listens and I think it will you on you too

    Stumpy – Punk Online

  3. Fred F.

    Having followed Ruben’s work through the local music scene over the last few years, I have to say that the Slave Love clearly marks an inflexion point in his output, with a maturity in songwriting and production not perhaps seen so obviously in his earlier albums. This is good stuff, an album that grows with every listen, building up momentum throughout, every track standing out with it’s own individual style and flavour, no filler on this one. This should be Ruben’s breakthough album, and keeping true to his DIY ethic ingrained in his punk rock roots, the man deserves it, but while making good music is no guarantee of success, one hope that this time Ruben’s waves will reach further and moisten the parts he has yet to lubricate with his unique style and attitude. Nice one Ruben.

  4. Kerry

    Loved this album, the rawness of a not too polished/live sounding album is refreshing, I would love to see this live.

    Blues and folk interwoven into a punk/rock sound plus his honest raw lyrics and style of delivery shouts ‘individualistic’

    My favourite track is ‘can you feel’? I like the mellow pace and backing.

    I hope this album does well, because it certainly deserves to.

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