The Milk Of Human Kindness

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Perhaps less transcendent, The Milk of Human Kindness may ultimately prove more enjoyable.
  2. I bet that The Milk of Human Kindness will appear on my and others’ “best of 2005” lists.
  3. With this majestic and multifarious new album, he has surely struck sonic gold once again.
  4. Urb
    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]
  5. Magnet
    90
    Snaith lets his wanderlust steer, and the album is better for it. [#68, p.91]
  6. Rather than a credible follow-up, it’s another great album in its own right.
  7. 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.
  8. It’s similar enough to past efforts that one can trace his artistic trajectory with a steady arc, but it’s the point in the arc where the slope takes a radical increase, making the name change seem like an appropriate signifier.
  9. Another thrilling, excellent record.
  10. The album ups the ante on everything that made Up in Flames so astounding, and adds more pop structure to the chaotic bliss-outs, resulting in what is probably his biggest achievement to date.
  11. It displays the kind of emotion and movement that Four Tet, Boom Bip and Stereolab would all appreciate.
  12. Under The Radar
    80
    Snaith employs a slightly more muscular variation of the approach that worked so well for him last time around. [#9]
  13. 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.
  14. Snaith simply dictates the flow of emotions and events on this record, with the kind of command presence rarely seen.
  15. Snaith... continues his legacy of making constantly challenging, changing music that never gets beyond itself, that always remains immensely human.
  16. Snaith rips the rarefied sounds of modern pop from their established context and forms nonlinear compositions constantly in flux.
  17. Snaith covers a lot of bases on The Milk of Human Kindness and somehow it all works.
  18. Mojo
    80
    [Snaith] continues to explore a digital/analogue interface to mind-bending effect, balancing riotous abstraction with day-glo pop. [Jun 2005, p.97]
  19. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    A perfect slice of bedroom psychedelia. [9 Apr 2005, p.58]
  20. The Wire
    80
    The only drawback to this semi-collage approach is that many tracks are too brief. [#256, p.51]
  21. Q Magazine
    70
    A familiarly kaleidoscopic whirl of retro-futuristic sounds. [May 2005, p.111]
  22. On first listen, it's not as immediately accessible as Up In Flames... [but it] reveals itself in several listens and contains yet another batch of fearless tracks from an artist who simply refuses to sit still.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »