Twist And Shout



Format: CD
Label: Domino
Catalog: 50
Rel. Date: 05/03/2005
UPC: 801390005022

Milk Of Human Kindness
Artist: Caribou
Format: CD
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''The Milk of Human Kindness'' is a 2005 album by Caribou. Caribou is the performing name of Dan Snaith who was previously known as Manitoba until he was forced to change it after a threat of a lawsuit by American punk musician Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators.

While the title is a quote from Shakespeare's play ''Macbeth'', Snaith has been quoted as saying that he read it off the back of a milk truck. - Wikipedia

You can't fault Dan Snaith for changing his project name from Manitoba to Caribou after former Dictators cowcatcher Handsome Dick Manitoba sued him for trademark infringement. Absurd as seems, the ex-pro wrestler actually stood a chance of winning a court battle that his Canadian opponent couldn't even afford to pursue. While grabbing the less actionable "Handsome Dick" would have provided sweet revenge, the handle wouldn't have suited Snaith's laptop and guitar-driven peregrinations in the least. Besides, growing antlers has done him a world of good; The Milk of Human Kindness is a far more coherent effort than 2003's rambling Up in Flames. Like much of the album, frisky opener "Yeti"'s rolling rhythms and repetitive synth figures partake of a lineage that runs from Krautrock pioneers Can and Neu through Stereolab and Laika. Paring beat to metronome-hood, the mostly acoustic "Hello Hammerhead" takes a folkier tack without inviting any "freak" or "tronica" riders. Granted, Caribou's vocals often seem like a premeditated afterthought, minus labelmates Hood's charming way with the same trick. But hey, the "return of rock" brought its share of cracked blocks and blowouts-Meg White's drumming, for one. Why should the nu post-you-know-what's road be any smoother?
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