"Nearly 40 years after the hidebound boos that greeted Reich's Carnegie debut, in 1973, with "Four Organs," the critical consensus has long been settled. The composer–one of America's original sonic minimalists–is capital-I Important. That his music will survive him is beyond question. Also not up for debate is whether Reich stands as an indispensable part of New York's musical firmament, as he is a touchstone for post-rockers, avant-turntablists and myriad stylists currently plowing the hybrid, compound-noun genre fields still yet to be blog-hyped (or even named)."
—Awl pal Seth Colter Walls reviews Steve Reich's "WTC 9/11," a "15-minute piece for three string quartets and pre-recorded voices."