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The Milk of Human Kindness
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2006
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
on 23 July 2005
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
VINE VOICEon 3 April 2009
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
on 10 June 2005
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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