"Too many jam bands focus on the Dead’s skillful multi-voiced improvisational acumen without understanding its deeper roots in folk, blues, bluegrass, and jazz. VLM’s songs and musicianship are original and refreshing, and give the sense of a band that didn’t just study the Dead—they used the Dead’s approach as a template for their own education, going back to those sources and forging their own connection to those primal musical wellsprings..."
"It's a beautiful piece of work, with pedal steel guitar, mandolin, piano and songs full of love, death and serendipity."
"'All the Birds' is a great new album that certainly puts most of the boring folk music these days in its place. The album screams with creativity without an apology...'Obscuro' sounds like something out of a psychedelic-influenced spaghetti western directed by Quentin Tarantino...['Oneiromancy'] sounds like a feel good song that one would hear in The Dude's car while heading to the beach...Overall the album is commendable and fascinating. For those looking to get into new folk bands around the area, Viva la Muerte's 'All the Birds' is certainly not something to be looked past."
"Very nice variety of feels and flavors here. Hearkens back to the '60s in the best possible way. Armstrong's voice brings to mind Jim Morrison but without the false menace."