Gordon has found a musical idiom that echoes with uncanny precision Hughes' distinctive tone, with it's plainspokenness and humor revealing a vein of deep sadness.
His melodies can be puckish or moody, but their seeming directness, like Hughes' pared down language, can be deceptive, taking unexpected turns at any moment. The harmonic language has it's roots in popular tonality, but again, Gordon colors his chords richly and in surprising ways.
With this musical sympathy, Gordon catches Hughes' specific moods, from the off-kilter rhythmic energy , or the gospel tinged exuberance, to the wonderful melancholy...
- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle


The good news: Gordon's "Genius Child," is one of the freshest English language song cycles to come along in recent memory.
- Terry Teachout, The Daily News


"Mr. Gordon writes in a soaring, sophisticated but unpretentious "Crossover" style that seemed wonderfully apt for the material... I felt I had witnessed as perfect a fusion of words, music and performance as I can remember.
- Charles Michener, The New York Observer


Ms. Blackwell's admirable sense of scale was matched by Mr. Gordon's "Genius Child."
The music circles tonal centers, and the allusions to postwar jazz chords are unequivocal but never blatant. Mr. Gordon also catches the tone of each poem; some aphoristic and laconic, others played as large- scale dramatic set pieces.
- Bernard Holland, The New York Times


Beautifully crafted, in performance this cycle had everything- rich text, inspired musical invention...
- Marjorie Pettit, The Royal Gazette


In the U.S. premiere of the Gordon cycle, Blackwell enjoyed music that showed off her versatility to great effect. In a post-Copland tradition, the songs proved varied in mood and meter, sparsely written with wide but not jarring intervals and eminently singable, even compelling.
- John Henken, The Los Angeles Times