- Swim

Caribou - Swim
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Rank: #24 / 818
USER SCORE
83
Based on
172 ratings

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84
Pitchfork

In his decade-long career, Caribou's Dan Snaith has fluidly moved between genres like folktronica, shoegaze, krautrock, and 1960s sunshine pop, assimilating their most familiar traits until they're practically in his DNA. His albums have felt warm, loose, and ecstatic (especially 2003's still-career-best Up in Flames), despite Snaith's behind-the-boards meticulousness.

70
PopMatters

By anyone’s standards, Caribou’s Dan Snaith has a pretty impressive batting average. With the exception of 2001’s slightly bland glitchtronica pre-season tryout Start Breaking My Heart, Snaith’s much-adored full-lengths wound up in many year- and decade-end lists throughout the naughts. Swim is Snaith’s fifth solo long player (two were released under a moniker whose name can now only be used to advertise on behalf of a geriatric ex-punk) and he’s back to broken hearts. Swim‘s sonics boast valleys and peaks that play out like the domestic dramas contained within the lyrics. Despite a decidedly acute pop bent held over from 2007’s Andorra, the sketches of human interpersonal struggle are best heard as the aggregate of a fragmented exposition, rather than nine separate acts.

uralberk
90
-2010 AOTY #3-

Multi-personal Dan Snaith's only work that I was able to follow and focus on. He has a chamaleon artistry with constant shifts between genres and Swim is the one that I find peacefully static.

Here is some lyrics by Pink Floyd that have no connection with our debate whatsoever:

"Change returns success
Going and coming without error.
Action brings good fortune.
Sunset, sunrise."
GRCamden
NR
Not quite on the level of Our Love imo, but still an impressive piece of work, it just sounds a little less focused to me. I really dug Our Love's glossy, synthetic sound which isn't quite as present here, still enjoyed it though.
Gupla
87
Caribou logra un marcado "indiectronica" en Swim y deja fluir todo el color que las melodías tienen para ofrecer.
Tom Simmons
85
Fav Tracks: Odessa, Kaili, Hannibal, Jamelia, Lalibela, Found Out, Sun
Z.Younk
78
Let me start by saying "Bowls" is still sonic gold.
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  1. Odessa
  2. Sun
  3. Kaili
  4. Found Out
  5. Bowls
  6. Leave House
  7. Hannibal
  8. Lalibela
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