"With one foot in the ‘60s Space Age and the other in a desert sand dune, Ball has created a beguiling sound for his Hopeful Monster."
"Hopeful Monster is all about the Zombies, Rundgren, Lilys, Love, Wilson and Parsons ... It’s full to the very last note, and hard to imagine a better Elephant 6 record not made by those Athens/Denver collective."
- Bees Knees
"Imagine the Banana Splits taking over from Brian Wilson after his late-’60s meltdown, but fronted by the Zombies’ Colin Blundstone."
- Calgary Straight
"Some recording projects just seem to have a miraculous touch to them, and JBall’s debut as Hopeful Monster is one of those."
"Ball's voice is the perfect instrument for these tunes, evoking comparisons to pop vocal princes like Todd Rundgren or Carl Wilson."
- Canadian Musician
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