"My own regret is that I took three months getting round to reviewing this. There seems to have been a lack of great song writing lately. Concentrating too much on the lyrics maybe at the expense of the song? The Book On Love is ace and another Subjangle Triumph."
I Don't Hear a Single, review of The Book on Love
"Apparently Blake was listening to a lot of Pentangle and Fairport Convention while recording this album (he’s also a big fan of the Bevis Frond) and whomever called this guy’s songs “eclectic” was right on the money. There’s a lot to like here, most of the songs are top notch and now I think it’s time for you to discover the music of Blake (if you haven’t already). Go!"
Dagger Zine, review of The Book on Love
"Fast forward twelve months or so and new album Kaleidoscope is out and if the former laid the foundations, the latter has built on that by reaching upwards towards the sky where it dances with Lysergic Lucy on a hallucinogenic voyage to the stars."
Into Music, review of Kaleidoscope
“It is like finding a top quality indie station playing guitar pop and rock inspired by the best influences of the past five decades. That it is all written and performed by Pugsley is even more incredible, of course.”
When You Motor Away, review of HMS Blake
“A great 'lost' songwriter. His sound is reminiscent of 90s acts such as Belle and Sebastian and Gorkys Zygotic Mynci. but also contains a raw edge with a 60s psych vibe.”
Colours Through The Air
“I would guess that he’s listened to Van Morrison (listen to “Vinyl Junkie”), BMX Bandits (listen to “Daisy Chain”), Teenage Fanclub (listen to “Denied”), or more in general the great rock/pop of Hefner.”
Snooping the Bandcamp, review of HMS Blake
“Quite a reminder that we could well be heading to the sixties on a one way ticket. It will likely have nostalgists in a tizzy as a result of the psychedelic harmonies.”
Mp3hugger, review of ‘Pepper Man’
“An elegant, tender and playful slice of psych tinged pop; it is woozy and melodic, dreamy and otherworldly with a real seductive quality and a 60s/70s vibe.”
BarryGruff, review of ‘The Free Life’
"Given the rise and rise of the old media format it makes sense that we now have a song to high five vinyl’s reappearance. What Blake achieves is a production value that is pure vinyl in its values; the warmth and purity of his delivery makes for a personal experience that is so often lost on digital recordings. Once we get our portable turntables fixed, ‘Vinyl Junkie’ will be playing around the campfire all summer."
Kevin Hugger, Music Blogger, review of 'Vinyl Junkie'
“Blake is a rising UK talent, a true conceptual auteur. Here, he's set his compositional skills to work to create a rock opera version of the Nativity story. It's a corker of an adaptation.”
Oscar Hyde, CrossRhythms, review of Star Over Bethlehem
“Your music evokes that magic San Fran psychedelic sound and resonates with a deep understanding and respect for that era.”
Steve Barilotti, Film maker behind 'Rick Griffin: The Film'
“While Blake pays due homage to his influences, it’s his integrity that’s stamps itself over the 10 tracks contained on this long playing disc.”
Simon Wells, author of ‘Butterfly on a Wheel: The Great Rolling Stones Drugs Bust’, review of Stay Human
“The Beatle-esque nuances make it addictive…”
Audio Clinic, review of Stay Human
“This is one talented guy, and versatile, too. One tune is folkish, another pop rock. Catchy melodies and personal songwriting without falling into the ‘woe-is-me, there’s nothing but my angst’ trap. Good stuff.”
laspikedelycmusic.bloguez.com, review of The First Snow
“Get ready to shake that fringe because this is a big punchy pop swagger that suggests the Dave Clark Five have spent the last 40 years in sub-zero rejuvenation tanks, only to emerge as pointy-booted 21st century pop warriors. Very catchy, very good.”
“An eclectic mix of classic 60s sounds with a touch of early 70s and a sprinkling of the 80s.. FAR OUT !!! The music was so groovy i came back for another listen..Check this dude out, folks!”
“Admirers of the Bevis Frond’s earliest bedroom recordings, with squeaky Farfisa bleat, fuzzy guitars and crash-bang drums will find much to admire…”
Phil McMullen, Terrascope Online
“a psychedelic vibe that sounds like it was ripped stright from the 60′s. The sound is captivating, moody and most of all authentic.”
Zack Daggy, Music Blogger
“Intelligent, soulful pop that’s more seductive than a box of After Eights.”
“a pulsating, trippy nod to the late 60s, this talented, Bath, England-based artist is one to watch and groove to for the long haul.”
Alan Haber, Buhdge, review of She's Not All That E.P.
"Musically, the album loses none of its charm and psychedelic pop-rock by tackling these hard hitting issues, and instead become a vehicle for Blake to convey his compassion and frustration for what he feels is our lost humanity. The album is punctuated by lovely little pop songs like "Tell Me Why", adding to Blake's growing reputation as a gifted songsmith."
Tim Goodall, review of Stay Human
“Like the tracks that follow, 'She’s Not All That' is a perfect pop song with catchy riffs, tight harmonies and a memorable and sing-a-long chorus.”
Stephen Morris, BBC Gloucestershire
"Blake turned up by a Small Faces search and does a pretty neat line in "Maximum Garage Soul" himself. 'Solomon's Tump' is a real stormer of a track."
Sweeny, Partly Porpoise Blog, review of 'Solomon's Tump'