Among the best of U.S. klezmer revivalists... the recording that arguably
sparked the idiom's entire rediscovery.
— John Storm Roberts, Original Music
High-spirited... zestful sounds... Hard dues and proud roots, romance and
even a little ecstasy. They're all in the music of these klezmorim of
the New World who have somehow found a passage back to the Old.
— Nat Hentoff, The Nation
From the first moment, the listener is pulled in... high-spirited...
beautiful, introspective... raucous... stunning.
— Henry Sapoznik, Sing Out!
Rousing... lively... joyous... a total grasp of style... It's enough to make
the listener drunk without the aid of a single glass of wine.
— Stereo Review
Quite listenable and varied... excellent.
— Il Mucchio Selvaggio, the rock magazine, Rome, Italy
They play with abandon... The music has a crazy swirl and warm lightness...
zest and clarity.
— The Victory Music Folk & Jazz Review
The music is marked by unexpected twists and emphatic accentuations...
varied, often enchanting combinations of tone color... lovely... frisky...
This disc of a young, Berkeley-based folk band represents a conceptual, if
not a musical breakthrough... The Klezmorim
represent the new breed of ethnic ensemble... Chris Strachwitz has done us a
service by placing this new venture in the Arhoolie catalogue of contemporary
— Mark Slobin, Ethnomusicology
No major recognizable faults... A fine mix of laments, drunken dances,
tender ballads, songs of hope and... Yiddish nonsense choruses that are about
halfway between a Swiss yodel and the ecstatic babblings of an idiot.