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Dan Snaith's Manitoba project is back with a new name but his hypnotic music hasn't changed. Caribou, like Manitoba, is still heavy on electronic jam sessions, with peculiar swirls of sound and stoned instrumental wanderings leading you who-knows-where. The Milk of Human Kindness also has that faint whisp of 60s bubblegum pop (see "Bees") and Stereolab-like drone present on Manitoba records like Up In Flames. Such reference points provide welcome toeholds in the midst of all the laptop anarchy, preventing the whole thing from drifting off into the ether. Snaith puts a few other twists on Milk, with mixed success. On the plus side, the sharp opener "Yeti" is a quick burst of fun, while "Lord Leopard" knocks up the beat a notch toward hip-hop territory. The lamentable "A Final Warning," however, falls off the deep end into an almost comedic dead-end. Still, Snaith continues to show off boundless creativity, and when he conjures the right mix of chaos and cohesion like he does on "Brahminy Kite," the result is a glorious noise all his own. Matthew Cooke
|3. A Final Warning|
|4. Lord Leopard|
|6. Hands First|
|7. Hello Hammerheads|
|8. Brahminy Kite|
|10. Pelican Narrows|
Really a great and unique album.
My bent is largely older music; sixties/seventies stuff.
But when I gravitate towards electronica, I often fall faster for it when it's... Read more
Organic electronica focusing more on instrumentation and composition doesn't sound as awkward as when FSOL went all Isness but unfortunately feels too indulgent to... Read more
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... Read morePublished on April 2, 2007 by Mark Eremite
I love this album it has two different vibes 1st is more rock driven acid jazz the second is hip hop with some orchestral classical but the whole album is steaming hot i knew to... Read morePublished on March 31, 2006 by Stephen Finkin
Somehow, an album this great can be surpassed in the live show. This album illustrates a skilled use of harmony and counterpoint ... each tone carefully interweaves with another. Read morePublished on January 13, 2006 by GB
Oh yeah..music is playing, isn't it?
I put on this album to listen to it again so I could write a review, then my mind started wandering. Read more