Swim

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Apr 20, 2010
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59

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  1. Jun 10, 2015
    6
    Caribou has always managed to make that kind of electronic music that appeals to both edm/idm fans and indie hipsters. In this record there's a strong Four Tet influence alongside a funk verve reminiscent of Daft Punk. It grabs a sufficiency thanks to nice (even if a little bit trivial) melodies.
  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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jared
    Apr 25, 2010
    10
    Already a contender for album of the year.
  7. VincentD.
    Apr 23, 2010
    8
    Caribou manages to creates a claustrophobic collection of raw electronic hits that easily captivate the listener throughout the duration of the album's nine memorable tracks. Its the complexity of it all that will keep you listening for weeks to come.
  8. JohnB
    Apr 22, 2010
    5
    To be blunt, I'm disappointed with this record. Andorra really showed how unique Caribou was. That record gave me the sense that there wasn't anyone who could match the magical area that Dan Snaith occupied. However, almost all of Swim falls flat to me. It's almost like Dan was hanging out too much with Kieran Hebdan (Fourtet). In fact, Swim sounds like the tracks that didn
  9. NachoC.
    Apr 20, 2010
    9
    An appropriate title for a very watery album. It is certainty not very accessible and some songs do tend to go on a Four Tet like mood (repetition). Still worth a listen.
  10. LukeP.
    Apr 20, 2010
    10
    I haven't been to the ocean since 2004. That's sad enough, but this album has taken me there everytime I listen to it. Stellar piece of electronic music.
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 80
    While some songs may become tedious, like the lengthy "Hannibal," the album as a whole is a great addition to the Caribou discography.
  2. Under The Radar
    40
    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]
  3. Mojo
    80
    Dan Snaith goes liquid disco on his fifth album. [May 2010, p. 96]