“Diamonds and Clay affirms New Monsoon as torchbearers for rock & roll with something substantive to say about the human condition. Made of sturdy muscle & heart, they stretch rock in the same winning ways as Traffic and Little Feat, where great skill, undisguised passion, and well-weathered soul combine for nourishment for folks who seek music that’s more than mere entertainment.”
"...one of the best jam bands to come out of Marin County."
"...New Monsoon Live is defined by its powerful melodic sense and commitment to the spirit of the songs. The jam or solo always serves the song, not the other way around."
"...there’s no wasted noodling here — the tight jams are based around sharp songwriting that emphasizes melodic hooks and rich vocal harmonies."