Critics called Boston-based guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer's solo debut, American
Vanity, "a cool and unique personal statement" (Gary Lee Joyner, Acoustic Guitar) and "a
singular statement against the jazz guitar status quo" (Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com),
noting its "consistent musical brilliance" (Ron Wynn, Nashville City Paper) and "sound of a
player discovering the depth of his musical voice as well as the possibilities of the stringed
instrument he employs for artistic expression" (Lexington Herald-Ledger).