"... the quartet waxes energetically fusionistic with more than a hint of early 1970s-era muscle ...
"The music here is fresh, risky, and full of life. If Burden of Proof proves anything, it's that the spirit of exploration in music remains alive and well. Fittingly so, because that's what Soft Machine was all about in the first place."
- Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
"... solid jazz-prog fusion ... a fearsome acumen and imagination ..."
- Mark S. Tucker, FAME
"These veterans aren’t living off the past so much as taking it a step further, and age hasn’t mellowed or mired their focus.
"Etheridge consistently cuts deep here and throughout the album, with melodic, sharp licks that never depend on flash. Saxophonist Theo Travis writes complex melody lines that digress into free territory, a style in which the band excels, especially Etheridge, who churns out a series of delightful scrapes and skronks."
- Mike Shanley, JazzTimes
"... a stellar recording filled with classy, adventurous sounds, impeccable playing, and engaging arrangements.
"Burden of Proof is, to put it mildly, absolutely exquisite. These are four musicians who are masters of their craft, and truly at the top of their game, not only as soloists but as contributors in an actual band. They've put together here a collection of songs that basically has something for everyone: challenging jazz-fusion, adventurous prog-rock, bits of chaotic free-jazz, atmospheric instrumental pop-jazz, and even a little hard rock. Extraordinary!"
- Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility
"... Burden of Proof possesses an internal cohesion of its own ... the music flows effortlessly ...
"Those who have followed Soft Machine Legacy and its previous incarnations for the past two decades will find a lot to love in Burden of Proof, an album that combines melody and ambience with the almost carefree abandon of improvisation ... the album captures a group of seasoned musicians who obviously still enjoy themselves both in the studio and on stage."
- Raffaella Berry, ProgSphere
"... carrying on the trajectory of the psychedelic, always jazz-inflected Soft Machine ... achieves something beyond the grasp of most fusion bands in blending ensemble improvisation with a rock-hard edge."
- David Luhrssen, Express Milwaukee
"... excellent musicianship throughout, with an attention to subtle details ... those with a taste for instrumental jazz rock will find plenty to enjoy on this one, and those among them who are thrilled by improvised material with more of a free-form expression just as much as by more tightly controlled and performed compositions should find this CD to be a most thrilling experience indeed."
- Olav M Bjornsen, Progressor
"Soft Machine Legacy are seemingly unconcerned with “updating” their sound for the 21st century: no hip-hop beats or dubstep textures here. But neither are they slaves to the past. While “Voyage Beyond Seven” will please lovers of hard bop and west coast jazz alike, Etheridge’s guitar work (in particular) has feel not unlike Robert Fripp‘s work on early King Crimson albums (up through, say, Islands). Travis’ ghostly flute work makes the Crimson connection even more pronounced."
- Bill Kopp, Musoscribe
"... those hoping for a great progressive/electric jazz release, will be thrilled. Highly and very happily recommended."
- Wayside Music
"... Burden of Proof is a polished musical journey by four veterans of the progressive rock and jazz scenes ... there are plenty of progressive rock and avant leanings, and at it’s core this is a well executed album that should appeal to many open-minded listeners."
- Markus Cueva, Progulator
"... for sure the best album of Soft Machine Legacy so far ..."
- Diego Camargo, Progshine