“Kraus plays minimalist folk rock in its purest form while still keeping his songs lush and impossibly mature. His personality and deft songwriting hoist him to the top of the mass of bedsit mumblers of the current singer songwriting genre. These tracks are for all those who prefer more electronic than alt-country. Kraus finds his voice in these tracks he is one of the best modern lyricists Under Control have featured showing he can write beautifully, subtly uplifting and crushingly depressing at the same time.
Under Control Magazine, UK
"When I first got the cd in the mail, I was thinking...oh no. 'Cause Nick Kraus...his haircut's kind of, I dunno, it could be kind of stylish. And I was like, NO! could he be pop? But F*CK NO he wasn't! He brought his A-game on this album. I do dig them."
(Speaking of ...the tragic tale of kim & polly jean)
The White Trash Revival Radio Show
"I think you're going to like this...a local band that's been well schooled in the ways of Wilco and the like." (Speaking of "Cautious Steps")
KUT 90.5 Texas Music Matters
“Austin, TX-based Nick Kraus and His Austin Torpedoes recently released The Tragic Tale of Kim and Polly Jean, a remarkably strong batch of songs merging the best elements of Southern boogie with chorus-soaked roadhouse blues."