--Music For Maniacs
"Ralph Carney's Circle of Fifths continuously evolves in horns' circular breathing (like Australian Aborigines' Didgerey Doo) matching voice-text power to make the most perfect poetry music recording I've done."
"Ralph's great... He's guided by some other source of information. He's like a broken toy that works better than before it was broken."
"I'm not a fan of wacky"
"...supreme hipsters know that this sweet guy with the muttonchop sideburns and fine Hawaiian shirts is the king of the new wave horn."
-- Ann Powers / S.F. Weekly
"In some circles, notably those occupied by fans of Tom Waits, Carney's brand of wacky is a prized assortment of sounds gleaned from saxophones, clarinets, and the odd banjo, trumpet, panpipe, or exotic horn. It perfectly complemented the comically dark, lurching vision that Waits realized on his albums from Frank's Wild Years through The Black Rider; it dominates the sound track Waits fashioned for Night On Earth in 1992."
-- Derk Richardson / S.F. Bay Guardian
"...Carney playing spoons as if they were castanets then shifting to a weird twin-reed instrument that looks like an iris stalk and sounds like nothing else. Sometime along the way the irrepressible Carney plays a couple of instruments at once, blows on a musette, sings Noh vocals, plays a slide clarinet and slide whistle and is otherwise incorrigible."
-- Phil Elwood / S.F. Examiner
"He remains a naturally imaginative improviser, with a real lyrical sense, and one whose humor permeates his work... I especially dig him on alto..."
-- Harvey Pekar
"Having played with him only twice, I am reminded of a cool winter-fresh feelin'"