• Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Release Date: Apr 12, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
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  1. Apr 28, 2011
    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.
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    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. Apr 21, 2011
    As Hauschka takes his orchestral style into this new musical sphere, his music demonstrates the constant evolution ignited by combinations of diverse musical influence.
  4. Apr 21, 2011
    Salon des Amateurs is undeniably an important album for Hauschka, both for its distillation of his rigorous methods and its energized perspective.
  5. Apr 21, 2011
    Whether or not these songs are ever played next to the latest dance music sensation at a club, Salon des Amateurs is a bold, accomplished work that ranks among Hauschka's most exciting albums.
  6. Apr 21, 2011
    The jury will be out for a long time while they argue whether this is dance, classical or jazz but they're sure to deliver a thumbs-up for this far from amateurish collection of tracks.
  7. 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.
  8. Under The Radar
    May 27, 2011
    For the most part, Hauschka's attempt at turning the piano into a percussion instrument falls short. [May 2011, p.84]
  9. Mojo
    May 18, 2011
    Fleshed out by two drummers, strings and brass, it's as infectious and disarming as it is genre-defying. [May 2011, p.109]
  10. Apr 21, 2011
    On a whole Salon lacks more of these emotional moments.

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