Player Piano


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. The songs are so masterfully constructed and the mood throughout so consistent that the key complaint must be that it has to inevitably come to an end; a sure-fire sign that an album is doing something right.
  2. 70
    Summer needs a wistful, nostalgic soundtrack, and Player Piano has stepped in.
  3. Jul 6, 2011
    Complex of subject matter and sound, Player Piano could have been weighed down by intricacy.
  4. Jun 30, 2011
    Hawk flits between moods with such frequency as to both delight and confound an audience split between enjoyment of his variety and desperation for Hawk to repeat the feat of the LP's finest moments.
  5. Jul 8, 2011
    This is a solid record, at times sparse and moody, at times lush and hopeful, but always chill. Very, very chill.
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    Player Piano's handcrafted tales of loneliness and bad romance draw quiet power from Hawk's charmingly reedy vocals, while the layered synths and other scruffy keyboards evoke subliminal longings and anxieties.
  7. Jul 6, 2011
    There's a great follow-up to that album swirling somewhere inside Player Piano's grab-bag of ideas; it's just difficult to make out.
  8. 63
    The real weak link is Hawk's airy falsetto, which is too underwhelming for its own good. But give him a hairbrush, a mirror, and another couple of years and we'll see how it sounds then.
  9. Uncut
    Jul 28, 2011
    Hawk's followup hints at a talent that will outlive hipster buzz, drawing not just from hazy '80s nostalgia, but from the artists who populated his own youth. [Aug 2011, p.93]
  10. Under The Radar
    Aug 5, 2011
    Hawk has created 12 quietly engaging gems that ooze with the wavy sonic mystery of a collection of found-cassettes, and haunt the brain like a half-remembered dream. [Jul 2011, p.86]

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