Rolling Stone calls Foodchain "the best pop culture synthesis this year" for K's uncanny juxtaposition of Thomas Mann and Sam Peckinpah in a high-speed rock 'n' roll screed.
Kistine McKenna attempts to plumb the depths of K's "acerbic ruminations of Western man run amok."
Kurt Loder recommends Romeo Unchained as "the best Bob Dylan album since Dylan himself lost interest in the pop song form."
RS declares Notes from the Lost Civilization K's "most moving meditation to date on the state of the American dream" aided by "a core band that includes T Bone Burnett, Jim Keltner, Booker T. Jones and Charlie Sexton."
The Stone marvels at K's "mix of moral seriousness and absurdist glee" as evinced in Yugoslavia's "14 songs of straight-ahead rock."
Spin magazine fetes Señor K, along with Bob, Bruce and Patti, as a leading light in the burgeoning field of "Rant Rock."
Creem, the home of Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus, interrogates K re. his "lyrically bizarre bit of twisted wit and social commentary."
Steve Hochman reviews Romeo Unchained, an album full of “hook-filled tunes given glossy, though gripping modern production… that is getting reviews that would make R.E.M. jealous.”
Stereo Review declares Life in the Foodchain "the greatest album ever recorded."
Veteran Rock critic Chris Willman lays out his 10 favorite discs of 1997, including new ones by U2, Dylan, Paul Simon and Tonio's Olé.
EW takes note when Sundazed Records completes it’s line of late-‘60s psychedelic obscurities with the rerelease of Sewer Rat Love Chant, the debut disc by K’s high school band, The Raik’s Progress.
The suits at Time know a good song when they hear one, like this collection featured in the Goffin/King-derived pic, Grace of My Heart, with songs by Burt Bacharach, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello and Mr. K, himself.
Hmmm. Sorry you had to see this cover, but US thought you should listen to Foodchain.
Nascent savant Chris Willman lauds La Bamba as "some of the toughest and most compelling music of Tonio's career."
Music mogul Howie Klein gets the inside scoop on how Sam Peckinpah, Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters and James Brown all influenced K's music on Foodchain.
LA Times writer Steve Hochman takes 1986's Romeo Unchained out for a spin.
The LA Herald Examiner wrties K up for being a "search-and-destroy rocker" in hot pursuit of "Kamikaze-style creative anarchy." Guilty as charged.
Well, we couldn't find the exact cover, but the Daily News reported that “Tonio K. will be easy to spot in Armageddon; he’s the one with the flak jacket, top hat, gas mask and fuzzy slippers.” Makes ya wanna read on, don’t it?
Andy Whitman declaims Tonio's brand of "punk existentialism" as "bracing, raw, insightful, and—quite remarkably for dour philosophy types—hilariously funny." Open that barrel of monkeys here.
Goldmine magazine excavates three decades of songwriting a la K: "The thrills of discovery and the illusions of success."