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  • Summary: Volker Bertelmann's latest album sees the composer creating house and techno music with help from violinist Hillary Hahn, Mum's drummer Samuli Kosminen, and Calexico's John Convertino and Joe Burns.
  • Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 21, 2011
    81
    Salon des Amateurs is undeniably an important album for Hauschka, both for its distillation of his rigorous methods and its energized perspective.
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    80
    Curious, constantly in motion, full of puzzle-like counterpoints and arresting chord changes, it's a joy to listen to, and one of the brightest, most invigorating records I've heard all year.
  3. 80
    Salon des Amateurs is much more than striking the iron while it's hot, not just because of its singular attributes and styles but, frankly, it's yet another fantastic album in the span of a few months.
  4. May 18, 2011
    80
    Fleshed out by two drummers, strings and brass, it's as infectious and disarming as it is genre-defying. [May 2011, p.109]
  5. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    On a whole Salon lacks more of these emotional moments.
  6. Apr 28, 2011
    70
    As with all of Hauschka's music, Salon Des Amateurs takes place at an awkward apex between being "beautiful" and being merely "pretty". This is actually quite an important distinction, because the album never decides whether its pop music or classical music.
  7. May 27, 2011
    30
    For the most part, Hauschka's attempt at turning the piano into a percussion instrument falls short. [May 2011, p.84]

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