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. With this majestic and multifarious new album, he has surely struck sonic gold once again.
  3. Rather than a credible follow-up, it’s another great album in its own right.
  4. 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. 90
    Snaith lets his wanderlust steer, and the album is better for it. [#68, p.91]
  6. I bet that The Milk of Human Kindness will appear on my and others’ “best of 2005” lists.
  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. Another thrilling, excellent record.
  9. 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.
  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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. 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 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, The Milk of Human Kindness is a series of related yet separate tracks, each a snapshot of a different beautiful world. Full Review »