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About a year ago, Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith couldnt swim. On a good day, he might get a decent doggy paddle going but, really, he could barely stay afloat. All that changed when his wife got him swimming lessons for Christmas. Then I became completely obsessed with it and now I swim constantly, he says. The only times I really left the house in the past year were either to go out to a club ... Read more in Amazon's Caribou Store

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  • Audio CD (18 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B0007YH6BA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first record after changing the band's name from Manitoba to Caribou, Dan Snaith delivers on The Milk of Human Kindness a heavy set of his most developed music to date, touching on influences as distinct and impressive as Neuand Soft Machine. Full of life and tasteful production/instrumentation, this art record's got antlers, though still progresses like a more delicate animal.

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A kaleidoscopic whirl of retro-futuristic sounds...never less than brimming with ideas...this is technological cut'n'paste with a heart. -- Q Magazine, May 2005

Snaith has created an album that feels like a truly cherished item from the moment you put it on. -- NME, April 2005

The Milk Of Human Kindness is another joyful, inventive and eccentric twist on [Caribou's] superb lo-fi electronica stylings. -- Pan B Magazine, May 2005

Underpinned by smart arrangements, production and intricate rhythms, TMOHK bubbles with life-affirming joy and quality. -- DJ Magazine, March 2005

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that I would file in a growing genre that doesn't yet have a definite name (new folk, folktronica, neo-psychedelia?). Whatever you want to call it, this album is one of the best examples so far. The variety of material is representative of the rich depth of influence brought into the creation of this masterpiece. A must buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Caribou's The Milk of Human Kindness continues very much in the same vein as his previous album 'Up in Flames' (then he called himself Manitoba as you probably know). That album was an excellent rush of psychedelic rock/techno/free jazz/whateveryoulike fusion and surprised me pleasantly.
The Milk of Human Kindness is just as good, although it took some time to get into, but after seeing him live, I decided to give the album a new chance and I must say it's a grower.
It's difficult to describe Caribou's music, but think Four Tet goes psyche rock and you're almost there. Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE on 3 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I went absolutely mental for Dan Snaith's previous album, the schizo jazz/psyche/laptop pop of Up In Flames, but was totally and utterly underwhelmed by this on first exposure, and subsequently left it gathering dust until his next album (Andorra) hit in 2007.

I felt similarly about Andorra as I did about Up In Flames (total and instantaneous love), so revisited this to find out why I'd pretty much walked straight past it.

And you know what? I've probably played this the most out of all four of Snaith's albums now. It may not have the joyous capacity to surprise of UIF or the more song-based pleasures of Andorra, but in terms of pure, play-at-anytime, enjoy-in-any-mood, listening-to-music-for-the-sake-of-listening-to-music PLEASURE, this is hard to beat. It's completely lacking in ego, if that makes sense? I just really, really enjoy it; it's because pretty default listening in our house.

So... not as notable or discussion-worthy as what came before and after, but just as good, I'd say.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 10 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Manitoba's follow up to Up in Flames, in the new guise of Caribou (owing to a bizarre lawsuit over copyright infringement) lacks the vivacity and capacity to suprise of its predecessor. Its largely tepid, plodding stuff, replete with the same swirling (but now overfamiliar) psychedelics and drum breaks but refusing to buck your expectations with some genuine innovation. Dan Snaith adds a Krautrock influence to his list of references but makes his debt to DJ Shadow more obvious on this album, preferring the structures (or constraints) of instrumental hip hop to electronica. All and all this amounts to fairly pleasurable listening but there isn't a moment where I felt I genuinely surprised by this album, and I felt a little cheated that at least three of the 11 tracks listed are mere one and a half minute doodles (not least because two of these feature loops of great potential and should have been fleshed out properly). 'Yeti', the single, takes a gamble and pushes Snaith's bland vocals higher up in the mix than we experienced on Up in Flames, while 'A Final Warning' strums and pulses and surges for seven minutes plus. 'Bees' is a charming slice of 60s-style folk pop while 'Pelican Narrows' aims somewhere between Four Tet and Shadow but misses. 'Barnowl' makes a fitting finale with an aural assault worthy of Up in Flames but nothing more. All in all, a disappointment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Recommended Natural Trip 28 Sept. 2005
By James Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This new record from former Manitoba involvee Dan Snaith is a relatively short, naturalistic trip. The track titles, artwork, and music evoke usually-innocent pastel mind-wanderings, complete with background saturation and effects. Several of the tracks are short interludes which despite their short length are very enjoyable to listen to. "Subotnick", "Bees", and "Hello Hammerheads" employ sparse vocals which lend the album a more personal feel. "Lord Leopard" employs a straight hip hop beat to carry a nearly Baroque harpsichord melody, resulting in an ironically catchy product. Other standout tracks include "Drumheller" which is likewise a very short track but is calm and evoking with its soft melodies and unique sixteen beat. "Pelican Narrows" is perhaps the best track, utilizing Four Tet-esque analog acoustics to create a fuzzy, warm, happy feeling.

Perhaps the only negative aspect of THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS is its relatively short length. However, it is certainly a well-worthy purchase.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 3 May 2005
By ander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am truly amazed at what Dan Snaith has put down. He is one brilliant man. Up In Flames may have been a rock meets electronica affair but Milk of Human Kindness is electronica that's got a bit of funk, folk and FM.

This album starts off with a fast moving romp that will probably be the closest thing Dan will actually get to recording a dance track. If Madonna had done some experimental drugs when she was recording Ray of Light, it might have sounded like this. It then takes some bends and turns touching on 50's and 60's doo-wop, 70's funk, 80's hip-hop.... It's really a journey through a lot of musical styles. It puts a really interesting spin on the music as does his hypnotic Beck-like vocals.

This is definitely one of the best this year. All the songs are great but the standout tracks are YETI, LORD LEOPARD, BEES, DRUMHELLER (a small town in the heart of the Alberta badlands where the dinosaurs roamed - very cool landscape up there) and PELICAN NARROWS.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This disc rocks. 7 May 2005
By Thaddeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The smooth lounge-like electronics of Manitoba's first album, "Start Breaking My Heart" gave way to beats with a harder edge and more potential dance-floor use on the accompanying EP, "Give'r". The shift was an exciting one, but didn't foreshadow the complete revision in sound that the next album "Up in Flames" was. While the influence of psychedelic rock was heavy, it was laced with the laborious attention of the laptop artist/producer, producing a beautiful piece of ear-candy. (I initially gave "Up in Flames" a tepid review that I now regret posting, FYI.)

With this new album, Snaith has closed the circle, bringing back the hip-hop and dance aspects of "Give'r" while reinvigorating the folk-rock with clearer vocals and more live instrumentation. One of the things that I was disappointed with in the previous record was the lack of variation throughout the album, but here that problem has disappeared. The presence of some pretty damn funky interludes helps to split apart the spaced-out folk tunes into more discreet chunks. While there is still plenty of sprawling wall-of-sound rock, the mix is tighter and the song structures more focused. I've compared this band to the Beta Band and Beck before, but now it is clear that the torch that those two have dropped has been picked up by Caribou. This is his best album, yet, in my opinion.

By the way, the live show that this band puts on is blistering. I mean BLISTERING, they rock out and have great animations. That's why I listen to this record very loudly.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A total mind blow 16 Jan. 2006
By L. H. Lohnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This music has no boundries or categories. It's almost Debussy like in it's expansiveness and seeming lack of traditional structure. You just have to check it out and get pulled in like a vortex.

I saw Caribou as an opening band recently and the live show is nothing short of jaw droppingly amazing. They totally blew the headliner off the stage and into the next state (and the headliner is one of my all time favorite bands). Don't miss Dan's Caribou when they come to your town, unreal.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
If Mozart were alive, he and Dan Snaith would be pals 10 Jun. 2005
By Mike Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What can I even say about an album this terrific? You have to buy it. Buy it! Buy it, buy it, buy it! Caribou is the best thing in electronic music today, and one of the best things in music in general. Those who hear Caribou, love Caribou. Buy it, buy it, buy it. If you like electronica, buy it. If you like classical, and are open to the idea that the master composers--the Mozarts, the Beethovens--if they were alive today, would make use of today's instruments, buy it. If you like rock, folk, pop, buy it. If you like hearing things done with sound that have never been done with sound, if you like music so inventive it makes you laugh out loud, buy it. If you like music so complex you hear something new in it every time you play it, buy it. Buy it, and then put all your money in a box, and send it to Dan "Mantiba/Caribou" Snaith now. Listen to this album, and listen well, and I know you'll agree he deserves it.

Note: I especially recommend listening to this album (or any Caribou album) while driving on a winding dirt road late at night. It seems made for it.
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