Swim - Caribou
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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. 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. Expand
  2. Jared
    Apr 25, 2010
    10
    Already a contender for album of the year.
  3. 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
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. 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 Expand

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