“There's something strikingly likeable about this troubadour's music and lyrics, maybe because it has a warm familiarity, more likely it's the entire package, Peco's a positive guy, but his lyrics aren't naive or meaningless, they're backed up with thought and a restrained but intent-filled passion. Musically the song is wholesome, drums, keys and the gorgeous country blues guitar riff just before the 3 minute mark fill the spaces around his voice perfectly evenly, a voice that has an unexpectedly broad range. The more Peco releases the more we'll get to see the bigger picture and in his first two offerings he's giving us cause for great expectations.”
Remy’s Music and Film http://thebestofmusicandfilm.blogspot.ie/2016/03/single-peco-safe-haven.html
“His lyrics are honest, impressive and hard hitting, the descriptive imagery had me right there with him…Peco has an excellent voice, he brings his emotions to the right places in the song…He uses his undeniable skills of music and lyric writing to express what needs to be said…he’s an advocate and a leader. There are echoes of Dylan and Jeff Buckley about him…A contender for the best Irish male artist that we will have for some time to come.”
“Peco McLoughlin, who hails from Kildare, is a songwriter and his music is as driven by words as it is by notes. His voice sounds Dylanesque, which is fitting, given his lyricism…If his current single releases, “Grace Isn’t Easy” and “Harbour Master,” are any indication, the album will be full of energy and narrative. Lyrics match spirit in McLouglin’s music; he’s a poet as well as a musician.”
The Irish Echo (USA) http://irishecho.com/2015/10/eirecana-craze-has-some-new-recruits/
"Peco's voice has a lovely MOR feel about it. I mean that in the best way possible. It's reminiscent of Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. It's amenable and feels like the average man talking to you…Peco is obviously a talented songwriter…The acoustic stripped back approach allows his words to shine. "Harbour Master" is a great example of this. Bursting into life with a real old sea-shanty feel to it, the tune builds into a fearsome chorus. Not bad for one man and his guitar…With the talented penmanship and a melodies that you can’t help but bob along to, Peco is an artist to keep your eyes on."
" Well I have to say this is the type of contemporary folk music that I like listening to, grounded in the genres classic origins but with a familiar modern twist... a melting pot of Mike Scott, Dylan's 'It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)' in terms of music, and vocally recalling Don McLean with the modernity coming courtesy of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's 2005 acoustic-based album Howl...
...like a worthy B-Side to 'Like A Rolling Stone', and again I'm getting The Waterboys vibes...The lyrics impress too, a cynical dreamer who wants to be happier but is weighed down by the folks running the show...
There's something terribly authentic about Peco's music and it has a distinct Irish blas throughout which makes it really feel like he could be the real deal, a strong contender for the local folk throne which will also appeal greatly beyond these shores."
Remys Music and Film http://thebestofmusicandfilm.blogspot.ie/2015/10/introducing-peco.html
“Listening to Peco the solid folk-acoustic sound becomes instantly clear. ‘Harbour Master’ boasts an effortless acoustic range with just the right tempo to get cocooned among smooth vocals that ooze an air of Bob Dylan at points. In a complete contrast to this, ‘Safe Haven’ takes it all right back down for a much slower offering of slower acoustics and a more distinctive vocal…Even listening to a sample of his work gives a flavour of his diversity as an artist, and I’ve no doubt that there’s plenty of more to come from his emerging repertoire.”
Pure M Magazine http://www.puremzine.com/introducing-peco/
PRESS FOR PECO'S PREVIOUS WORK
“Bowie and Dylan are evoked in a ten-track effort that swoons and sways with the best of them…Desire Lines is like a love letter to the power of the humble hook…as catchy as anything you’ll hear all year.”
Edwin McFee - Hot Press
“With a more than a dash of Springsteen in these songs about love, loss, and post-Tiger Ireland, Valentine Black is probably a lasher in a live setting…capable of moments of genuine brilliance.”
Lisa McInerney - www.culch.ie
“Desire Lines is like a homage to the 70’s folk-rock of Dylan, Bowie and Elton…an honest album…filled with catchy songs, good vocals and fine lyrics. 9 out of 12”
Peter Nagle - www.2uibestow.blogspot.com
“Each song is seeping with talent and emotion, perfectly intertwined. On each listen you will find a new cleverly placed lilt, a new hidden meaning and beautiful poetic construction you have not realised before. The album is a wonderful example of the kind of talent that is missing from Irish music.”
Claire S Kane - claireskane.wordpress.com
“Black’s sound is a sort of folksy indie-rock: influences like Dylan and Springsteen are there, but with a more modern, poppier twist. Here, he has delivered an accomplished piece of work, with a lot of love and dedication obviously put into it...”
Orlaith Grehan - www.goldenplec.com
“Valentine Black's opening track here, 'The State we’re In', a searing critique of the Celtic Schmozzle, dispels the myth that this is a generation that cannot write good protest songs...he shows influences from Dylan to Suede, via Neil Young. Ireland may be broke, but there is no shortage of creative talent as Valentine Black shows.”
Mick Fitz - Near Fm
“Take me to your leader is...'a cracking good tune…amazing with superb vocals and lyrics..’ www.2uibestow.blogspot.comMarch 2011”
Peter Nagle - 2 u I bestow
‘incomparable…a wizard and a true star’.
Jackie Hayden - Hot Press
“Although Valentine’s songs of love and dissidence may be simple- they’re passionate. There’s a very honest quality about his playing that makes you want to listen to what he has to say…. songs like “The State We’re In” (it’s a mess), about Valentine’s home country Ireland… For the band’s last song of the night, they were able to achieve a real crowd-pleaser that had the whole crowd singing and clapping along to a murder ballad called “In The Dead Of The Night”. From ‘Our pick of the of Thursday night action at Indie Week 2010 in Toronto Canada’. ”
Natascha Malta - www.musicvice.com
“Reminiscent of the Frames …Peco has a great voice – it’s that glamorous, heartrending folk sound born of years busking nowhere pubs…this sounds fresh and vital…”
“His "Retrospect" single features country fundamentals like the pedal steel and acoustic guitar, but later explodes into a Damien Rice-esque opus that also resembles Elbow.”