Swim - Caribou
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Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Canadian electronic artist releases his follow-up to his Polaris Music Prize-winning album Andorra.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Not surprising, then, that his newest leap into club-inspired techno and house feels just as substantial and weighty as his previous forays into experimental pop.
  2. For a dance music album, Swim sounds not only refreshingly organic, but also remarkably downbeat. Most remarkable of all, perhaps, is the way that Caribou have succeeded in marrying up these two things and still managed to make an album that is infused with a rhythm, a groove and a watery loveliness all of its own.
  3. Despite his chameleonic tendencies, Dan Snaith retains his singular identity as an artist--and Swim is a reminder that even at his most challenging, the man's compositional capabilities can dazzle.
  4. Swim is quite dark; this is definitely pop of the bedroom sort, and despite Snaith's vocals usually being indecipherable, buried underneath hissing drum machines and meretricious synths, there's a pervading sense of intimacy to the whole thing.
  5. 80
    With Swim Snaith finds success focusing his most complex notions and freeing his most straightforward ideas.
  6. 80
    Though Swim is less referential, the artist that does come to mind in these sprawling pieces is Arthur Russell, whose outsider disco and house featured warped cello and ghostly vocals.
  7. Throughout Swim, Snaith employs similar tactics, getting something interesting started, seducing the listener, only to challenge them to stay on board as the song develops. [Spring 2010, p.69]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    Score based on a live performance of this album in Shanghai 2010. These guys played like they are technical wizards solving a complex cosmic mathematical equation .. standing inside a clock ... in a science laboratory ... in the mind of a mad inventor ... who's tripping on acid. It was spellbinding. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    9
    An album that stretches over genres, it deserves your attention. Swim presents you with a more dance and electric vibe, yet does not stray to far from being relaxing and psychedelic. "Odessa" is a distinct dance number for people who do not like dance music. Songs like "Sun" are extremely trancy, and the instrumental "Lalibela" has to be one of the most interesting songs on the album Expand
  3. Oct 8, 2011
    7
    The best electropop of 2010, but not the best from Caribou, Swim is a rewind of the things that put this band in the top of the electro music. With some fails, like choosing "Sun" as a single, Caribou made the best track of 2010 with "Odessa", some sort of trip inside a girl feelings. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    7
    Very listenable. Some good tunes but overall I find this gets a bit repetitive after a while. There will be some great sounds with bags of potential but often the track will just stand still for 4 or 5 minutes. You can hear alot of ideas Radiohead have been using on The King of Limbs present on this. Expand

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