"The Fools", by Nels Cline, is a haunting, 12-string piece with a wide-open, almost impressionistic figure that is filled in impressively by Hamilton's bass solo. (Thom Jurek, All Music Guide)

Cline's complex drumming [...] provides an armature for the various stripes of improvisation, nicely shadowed by Joel Hamilton's strong but unobtrusive bass lines. (Peter Margasak, Downbeat)

On "The Fools," Bassist Joel Hamilton, who has a rich, dark tone, gets to step out [...] on , where he briefly switches to arco bass and duets with Gauthier’s violin. (Bill Tilland, BBCi)

Hamilton, who was introduced to Don Preston by Alex Cline, is admired by keyboardist Preston for his ability to make sense out of the composer's often difficult, constantly changing music. (Indie Jazz)

Hamilton's bass anchors a deafening space that is touched upon by fleeting, angry instrumental flourishes before [...] a skeletal, and brief, melody. (Thom Jurek, Billboard.com)