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  • Audio CD (18 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B0007YH6BA
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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

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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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By A Customer on 23 July 2005
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something To Dunk Your Cookies Into 3 April 2007
By Mark Eremite - Published on
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People hear the word "electronica" and who-knows-what materializes in their minds. The genre (just like it's name) is so indefinable as to make naming it an exercise in anonymous redundancy. It's about as effective as labels like "guitar music" or "mystery novel" or "independent film." Unfortunately, many musicians and labels take advantage of that ambiguity to pump out and pre-package albums that have as much going for them as a bowl of warm rocks. The "genre" isn't something to hide behind -- it is a limitless resource of musical wealth.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 23 Mar. 2016
By Teeny Kennard - Published on
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4.0 out of 5 stars Caribou ‎– The Milk Of Human Kindness 14 April 2016
By scoundrel - Published on
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Caribou, formerly Manitoba, squeezes out THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS, losing none of the folksiness. If anything, the sunny psychedelia of "Yeti" only pushes forward. "Subotnick" takes things a little slower, though "A Final Warning" burbles with energy. Snaith seems much more in control of his material here than on UP IN FLAMES, and the sound is cleaner as a result (though there's still plenty of chaos on the "Hands First" interlude). Elsewhere, the hip-hop and archaic keyboards of "Lord Leopard" offers up an interesting contrast, while the funk bass of "Bees" sets down a distinct groove. But the folksiness returns en force on "Hello Hammerheads" and with a touch of clattering percussion on "Brahminy Kite." The looped string sample on "Drumheller" leads back into the lovely beats and quaint harps of "Pelican Narrows." An album you can drink all day!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Milk of Human Amazement 14 Jan. 2007
By D.U.I. - Donnie Understands Intelligence - Published on
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Dan Snaith is someone who is far ahead of his lo-fi/experimental/synth rock genre, and he does it so well. For someone that far into the game like Dan, his album, "The Milk of Human Kindness", triumphantly cooks; as this newly treasured genre really picks up. For those just new into the genre, I would not suggest starting here, as you may become overwhelmed, and unsure of your new found love of the genre. I suggest early Manitoba albums, or perhaps Sufjan Stevens, or Russian Futurists, or even The Decemberists.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This disc rocks. 7 May 2005
By Thaddeus - Published on
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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.
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