- Audio CD (18 April 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: The Leaf Label
- ASIN: B0007YH6BA
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Milk Of Human Kindness CD
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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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Caribou, once Manitoba, have done with "electronica" what Zepplin did with "guitar music," what Christie did with "mystery novels," what Aronofsky did with "independent film." If electricity is the medium, then Caribou has sculpted everything from splintery lightning bolts ("A Final Warning") to the hum of static cling ("Drumheller"). "The Milk of Human Kindness" is truly poetic, an artistic realization made of ones and zeroes.
The only consistent thread of the songs is their all-encompassing ingenuity. Each track is a neural brainstorm, an unpredictable crackle of musical static, but none of them sound the same. "Pelican Narrows" is an eerily patient organ-and-bells number. "Bees" is a clean-n-muddy retro-pop ditty. "Hello Hammerheads," "Yeti," and "Barnowl" play with finger cymbals, off-key humming, and restless commercial noise to make songs that are playfully aggressive, aural acrobatics that are amazing but not showy, just great music.
It's too bad the album is so short because, as the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun. The record is barely forty minutes long, but you'll swear it's ten; that's how good it is. Maybe next time Caribou can give us an entire gallon of that "milk," instead of just one tantalizing pint.
I loved the album from start to finish, and cannot skip a track.
"Yeti" is the perfect start to the album with the yawning voice and snappy beats. While I enjoy the hip-hop flavor in the track "Lord Leopard", it's perhaps the keen piano style loop that does it for me and keeps me enthused 3 tracks in. From "Bees" to "Brahminy Kite" I am kept contented and feeling well fed of the musical smorgasbord he has delivered thus far.
Then he gives us "Drumheller"...and having lived in Edmonton for 4 years, and have been to Drumheller...ooh half a dozen times, the beats and style he gives you on the c.d. are almost that of the sound of that place, itself. Sad sounding, depressing, but alive, and self preserving, it hits home. He ends off on "Barnowl" and he keeps us full with his dessert ending, playfully reserved, closer.
In all, Dan Snaith is a musical genius and I think that music has found it's new modern day Mozart of Lo-Fi music, and I have a feeling he could go down in the books like Mr. Mozart himself.
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.