"Is there any style of music the Kronos Quartet will not embrace? This time, the globe-trotting group teams up with two Finnish musicians, accordion virtuoso Kimmo Pohjonen and electronics whiz and percussionist Samuli Kosminen. I feel like this music - a Kronos-commissioned seven-movement suite - could be soundtrack for a thriller set during a blizzard in Lapland. The soundscapes build to giant avalanches of strings and electronics, aided by the Finns’ tricked out accordions and sampling. Then poof! We’ve just fallen off the cliff, floating downward in silence."
Thomas Huizenga - NPR Classical - 27 February 2011
"You have to hear Uniko to believe it but imagine that Phil Spector exploded over the North Atlantic and sent a 90-foot wall of sound hurtling toward Brooklyn."
Jerry Bowles - Sequenza21 - 17 April 2011
"Far from contained within the classical, world music or pop categories - "UNIKO" highlights the exceptional talent and the courageous, exploratory spirit that makes the Kronos Quartet such an indispensable part of the musical landscape. The album is one of their most compelling recent efforts."
Ronni Reich - The New Yorker - 18 March 2011
"Kimmo Pohjonen is not just one of the world’s finest accordion players, he’s a composer of panoramic vision, a consummate stage performer, producer and innovator. We’ve known all this for a long time but with UNIKO his importance in the contemporary music world is now unquestionable... (Pohjonen’s) trademark depth of sound and harmonies lead so naturally towards the Kronos sound on an aural journey that takes the listener on a rare adventure both poignant and chilling."
Fiona Talkington - Songlines - April/May 2011 - Top of the World
"Strings, the accordion, Pohjonen’s voice (used like an instrument) and an electronic soundscape make up a coherent dynamically fasinating and thematically diverse 50-minute piece. The strings are breath-takingly beautiful and equal to all the other elements."
Riikka Hiltunen - Finnish Music Quarterly - 1/2011
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