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  • Summary: The song titles for the experimental German musician's second solo release was inspired by photos of vacant cities and was recorded in 10 days in his home studio.
  • Record Label: Temporary Residence
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 21, 2014
    90
    Hauschka’s ingenuity to rework his instrument into a entire orchestra is astounding. But his ability to avoid the usual, overtly romantic notions of forgotten cities and instead replace it with a portrait of refined desolation is equally impressive.
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Abandoned Cities is gorgeous and disturbing and a bit chilling, like old photos hanging on walls about to be demolished, like memory, like loss, like loneliness experienced in the midst of family life.
  3. May 30, 2014
    80
    Abandoned City is an enthralling collection of compositions, as invocative as any ambient, electronic recording.
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    By allowing himself to trust his instrument and push himself to make bolder, more resonant statements, Hauschka has created the finest work of his career.
  5. Mar 25, 2014
    70
    The detail is wonderful, ghostly and rich, but the whole would have benefited from a clearer, less meandering navigator.
  6. 70
    Hauschka’s bracing concept album.
  7. Mar 14, 2014
    60
    Ultimately, while Abandoned City’s atmospheric appropriations of various strands of dance music make for interesting listening, you might wish they appealed to instinct as much as they do the intellect.

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