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Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. jimmyd
    May 10, 2005
    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.
  2. crumbtrail
    May 12, 2005
    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.
  3. ag
    May 4, 2005
    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.
  4. Gman
    May 6, 2005
    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.
  5. zegr
    May 17, 2005
    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.
  6. jay
    May 3, 2005
    Wow. Way to go Splendid...drop the Metacritic score. This outing by once Manitoba has the sounds of moving forward and the music is great for the soul. Hope better reviews lift the score.
  7. adam
    May 5, 2005
    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.
  8. matta
    Jun 20, 2005
    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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Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Unfortunately, although Snaith may sound novel expanding upon his indie forebears of ten years ago, when he begins conjuring the ghosts of Krautrock ("A Final Warning," "Bees") or trip-hop ("Lord Leopard"), as he does here, he's entering the company of talented producers who have ploughed the same ground.
  2. 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.
  3. I bet that The Milk of Human Kindness will appear on my and others’ “best of 2005” lists.