The Milk of Human Kindness [VINYL]
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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 Neu and 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.