and Things To Use" (CD)
amBiguous CITY! Records
"Absolutely brilliant, everything Blake records
is both incredibly raw and always fascinating. Blake represents
the cutting edge of underground music, a place where electronic
merges with Kinks licks in a filthy spiral of grunge and glamour.
What Blake does best, and has done since the early '90s, is infuse
twenty-first century lo-fi punk with soul... He is a haunted soul,
a tormented genius who records on the fringes of the American
music scene, and he blossoms here, creating diverse and thrilling
new music. He may ignore the growing fan base that clamors for
each of his releases, but the world cannot ignore his painful
magic for much longer." Splendid
"Shelly Blake's early recordings were studies in unpolished
artistry. Recorded under the most humble of conditions, they raised
no walls between the listener and his startlingly frank, anguished
performances." Demo Universe
"...a vibrational alchemist of the first order."
Demo Universe 2002
"Ignore at your own risk."
Decibel Magazine 1997
"Brilliant. A dose of genius."
Alternative Press 1996
"He can seem to be offering up a diary page in song."
Lee Gardner, City Paper 1996
"...one of the most consistently remarkable lo-fi demos I
have ever heard. Shelly dangles his entrails in the daylight with
each painfully inspired twitch of his cracking, quavering voice."
Alternative Press 1995
"...overflowing with complex emotions, luminous lyricism
and sad, stark beauty. Isn't it time you heard something real?"
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