With the composer Paul Cantelon accompanying him on somber, rumbling piano and Karen Elson’s backing vocals coolly underlining his whispered verses, Stipe sang “Ashes to Ashes” as though leading a benediction, his hushed voice occasionally levitating to the higher reaches of his range. At times, some force external to his body seemed to be conducting his limbs, lifting his arms and turning his palms out to the audience." ”

— Pitchfork

"...the deepest dialogue with Mr. Bowie’s music came from Mr. Stipe, performing “Ashes to Ashes.” Paul Cantelon, on piano, gave the arrangement the formality of a Schubert lied, and Mr. Stipe sang in a troubled whisper answered by the ghostly soprano of Karen Elson, newly illuminating the song’s thoughts of druggy oblivion. - NEW YORK TIMES”

— New York Times

Paul’s recordings for solo piano and trio are like drops of rain wearing bright colored dresses. His music is filled with sunshine, a place of pleasure and escape. What more can I say? Paul’s music is serene. ”

— Rickie Lee Jones