Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. 60
    So safely, solidly familiar is Hawk's third album that it's enough to make you nostalgic for the sound as it splutters on its deathbed.
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    Player Piano was received coolly for its lack of ambition and it's depressing to hear a follow-up that stubbornly refuses to learn from Memory Tapes' mistakes.
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    You don't always know what cosmic tunnel Memory Tapes will drag you through, but you can always expect a metamorphosis.
  4. Q Magazine
    Dec 11, 2012
    With no track under six minutes in length, some editing wouldn't have gone amiss. [Jan 2013, p.107]
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    A strangely arid collection of tracks that register not so much as songs, but as experiments following arbitrary, sometimes aimless, courses.
  6. 60
    [Davye Hawk] likened this album's conception to "a maze to get lost in," which is the exact way listeners should approach his latest creation, for all of its sprawling incertitude.
  7. Dec 4, 2012
    Grace/Confusion could have been a great 20-minute EP. Instead, it's a listless 40 minutes that works best as background music.
  8. Dec 3, 2012
    It's simply warmed-over easy listening as rendered by a lo-fi producer who, ironically enough, seems outdated and outmatched in a genre known for being both retro-obsessed and DIY.

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