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  • Summary: 'Human Kindness' is the latest disc of psychedelic electronica from Dan Snaith, who formerly recorded under the name Manitoba (before a threatened lawsuit from a similarly-named artist caused the switch to the similarly-Canadian Caribou).
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
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  1. Perhaps less transcendent, The Milk of Human Kindness may ultimately prove more enjoyable.
  2. 90
    Kindness sounds like the work of someone given one month to live, as Snaith lays down dozens of musical ideas into an album that will constantly keep you guessing what's next. [May 2005, p.84]
  3. The range of styles is impressive, which trumps the lack of logical or elegant transitioning. Snaith may be showing off, but at least he’s backing it up with strong and memorable arrangements.
  4. Although The Milk of Human Kindness sounds more stripped down, its simplicity is deceiving, as Snaith has drawn from a much wider musical palette that he ever has in the past.
  5. 80
    [Snaith] continues to explore a digital/analogue interface to mind-bending effect, balancing riotous abstraction with day-glo pop. [Jun 2005, p.97]
  6. Snaith covers a lot of bases on The Milk of Human Kindness and somehow it all works.
  7. The Milk Of Human Kindness grabs at elements of its predecessors, but they're often the wrong ones.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Gman
    May 6, 2005
    10
    Stunning. Snaith has added new influences to the psychedelic stew he started cooking on Up In Flames. These range from Can and Neu to the Stunning. Snaith has added new influences to the psychedelic stew he started cooking on Up In Flames. These range from Can and Neu to the Animal Collective and Hip Hop but he always manages to keep things sounding unique. The result is not only massively innovative but an album that is also hugely enjoyable. Expand
  2. ag
    May 4, 2005
    10
    snaith does it again. in fact, i think this may be his best effort yet, under any name. it's top ten-er for sure.
  3. crumbtrail
    May 12, 2005
    9
    Snaith keeps hammering away at his craft, refining and perfecting as he goes. Where tracks on his previous efforts seem to blend together, Snaith keeps hammering away at his craft, refining and perfecting as he goes. Where tracks on his previous efforts seem to blend together, The Milk of Human Kindness is a series of related yet separate tracks, each a snapshot of a different beautiful world. Expand
  4. adam
    May 5, 2005
    8
    The Milk of Human Kindness is as lovely and uplifting as you would expect from the maker of Up In Flames, even if it lacks that album's The Milk of Human Kindness is as lovely and uplifting as you would expect from the maker of Up In Flames, even if it lacks that album's crazy exuberance. A couple of the tunes sound pretty unexeptional to my ears (Lord Leopard; Pelican Narrows) but the rest is excellent. Expand
  5. jimmyd
    May 10, 2005
    6
    I'm a bit surprised by the enthusiasm about this album. Mostly this seems tepid and unispired. Similar influences to Up in Flames, but I'm a bit surprised by the enthusiasm about this album. Mostly this seems tepid and unispired. Similar influences to Up in Flames, but without the raucous innovation, without the surpises. Its not a terrible album but one that fades into the background, with hardly one stand-out tune. Expand
  6. zegr
    May 17, 2005
    6
    First track fantastic, but like "Up in Flames" it's all downhill from there. With four tracks at under a minute and a half, and others First track fantastic, but like "Up in Flames" it's all downhill from there. With four tracks at under a minute and a half, and others that run on too long and then stop suddenly, it seems as if Caribou can't really be bothered... Better to buy the releases from artists who actually fully-realize the multiple ideas behind their songs, like K.I.A., or DJ Shadow, or Aphex Twin, etc. Expand
  7. matta
    Jun 20, 2005
    6
    This album is very much a mixed bag. The songs that work are incredible, but the songs that don't are, well, utter shite.

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