"Able to shred with the best of them, Elmo also likes to stretch out his notes and phrases in a tasteful melodic fashion-- showcasing his tonal range and trem approach." -
"His solo melodies are well-crafted and fit well harmonically, he shows flashes of blinding speed but not too often, he even cracks a great joke […]. There’s nothing left to be desired here." -
This truly is guitar music worth checking out. A reviewer for The Ripple Effect put it like this: "On his new release, Unintelligent Designs, a sixteen track solo shot over the bow of the rock mothership, Elmo establishes himself as an elite world class rock guitar master [...]. Unintelligent Designs is an Elmo coming out party of sorts. It begs you to listen and, if you do, if you listen critically, even if you are not a guitarist, you will come away impressed. I'm adding Elmo Karjalainen to my guitar Gods list, right up there with the 100 that made Rolling Stone's list."