Caribou - Suddenly
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2020 Ratings: #30 / 469
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Based on 919 ratings
2020 Ratings: #62
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February 28, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Dan Snaith’s project returns after five years away to confront grief and family, beautifully warping songs that are drenched in melody.

100
The Arts Desk

From so many distinct elements, to create something so coherent and so individual is quite some achievement. Dan Snaith's unique craft has been well honed.

90
Slant Magazine

What makes the album so spectacular, though, is Snaith’s voice.

90
Exclaim!

Suddenly is a fresh perspective shift that encourages listeners to examine the bigger forces at play that act as a catalyst for change.

90
musicOMH

Suddenly finds Snaith in his element, writing beautifully endearing tunes and setting them to multi-layered production in a way only he can, and the results are spectacular.

90
The Sydney Morning Herald

He remains one of the best in the game, and his seventh record puts his diverse range on display, inviting both quiet contemplation and life-affirming celebration.

90
Louder Than War

With Our Love, Caribou set a high bar for his next album. Thankfully Suddenly is a release that gleefully jumps over that bar, managing to deliver more of what fans have come to expect while also allowing Snaith to move in new directions.

85
The Line of Best Fit

While Suddenly’s highlight tracks buzz with upbeat glamour, Snaith is smart enough to tone a portion of the LP with their contrasts.

85
Paste

Coupled with some of the loosest, most pop-minded production of Snaith’s career, Suddenly becomes a glimmer of optimism, immaculate music for communal grief and celebration. In that, it’s the most vital album of his career.

82
Pitchfork

Dan Snaith’s latest is as sly and layered as ever, but he finds ways to be more direct with his songwriting. There are no bum notes, no wasted motions, no corners of the audio spectrum left untouched.

81
GIGsoup

The excellent seventh studio album from Canadian Dan Snaith proves once more that he is operating at a level unlike most. Caribou's latest is perhaps his finest, and most danceable, in many years.

80
Loud and Quiet

An album that’s as complex and compelling as anything he’s ever made and while it doesn’t provide the instant gratification of its predecessors, Suddenly still has that intangible quality that’s characterised every Caribou album to date.

80
The Skinny

On Caribou's seventh album, Dan Snaith finds his voice and brings his experimental side to the fore without sacrificing his perfectly lush melodies.

80
Crack Magazine

A record where Snaith has laid himself bare. The result is his richest, strangest album yet.

80
Northern Transmissions

Delightfully nuanced with an innovative sonic make-up and very real human heart; ‘Suddenly’ offers itself up as the safe place we all crave when things get a little too much to bear.

80
DIY

‘Suddenly’ is a treat and continues Caribou's knack of releasing albums that are both accessible and explorative.

80
NME

The more experimental and unsettling elements will reward longtime stans, while recent converts will be just as thrilled with its party-starting exuberance.

80
The Independent

As beautiful as it is exciting, Suddenly is an uplifting album that embraces the change and shifting perspectives that life throws our way.

80
NOW Magazine

Across Suddenly, Snaith surrenders to the current. If you do, too, you’ll find a rich and rewarding listening experience.

80
PopMatters

Suddenly is Caribou's most willfully experimental album to date, his soft, distinctive vocals flow through every track, binding the whole thing together.

80
AllMusic

The album continues developing the language that Caribou has been working on for years, branching out from the clubby spirit and melancholic reflection of recent albums for more lighthearted sonic atmospheres.

80
Spill Magazine

Suddenly is a great album, full of great songs and excellent musicianship.

80
Uncut

If anyone is still clinging stubbornly to their belief that electronic dance-pop lacks soul, these 12 luminous and inventive songs of a universally connective bent will surely haul them over the line.

80
No Ripcord

Suddenly isn't his strongest work—and at times it indirectly anthologies his entire oeuvre—but it does solidify his place as a thinking person's electronic artist who injects meaning and empathy into his music above all else.

80
God Is in the TV

Suddenly is a dense, complex piece of work that’s already shifted shape in the few days I’ve spent with it.

80
Record Collector

Suddenly is at its best when blending head, heart and feet to make another smart party album – among Caribou’s best yet.

75
Under The Radar

Suddenly is a project laced, in almost every aspect, with these themes of change, upheaval, and humanity's insatiable appetite for progression.

75
Spectrum Culture

Snaith synthesizes numerous elements and styles into a cohesive whole without losing the individual flavors of the reference points that inform him.

70
The Needle Drop

While Suddenly is all a bit faint in typical Caribou fashion, it's nevertheless a sweet and heartfelt helping of indietronica.

60
The Observer

It can feel a little lacking in direction – honed down from more than 900 home experiments, it’s eclectic almost to a fault, though there’s enough to treasure among its dreamy meanderings.

thejacktackshac
70
Completely enamored by the lead singles that have been leading up to Dan Snaith’s/Caribou, latest album “Suddenly”, I couldn’t help but embrace the somewhat-new direction Caribou is heading. It has seemed as though Dan is finally perfecting his vision in music, and while I do enjoy a great deal of his previous releases such as Swim, I do feel as though a majority of his albums are honestly somewhat immature, whether it be his occasionally oddly placed vocals or the ... read more
Doublez
80
I'm not a big fan of electronic music, but Suddenly arrives like a real ray of sunshine to brighten up my day, especially because Caribou arrives with a disconcerting ease to offer a pure, luminous and terribly efficient music, totally summing up the extent of his talent

Usually, an "easy access" music is not often a good sign, since its value starts again as quickly as it charmed you at the beginning, yet Caribou has achieved some quite strong things, offering at the same time a ... read more
WhatTheFunk
68
The heart of the wave.

With his seventh album, "Suddenly", hemmed in with distorted synths, less flashy and more tormented than ever, the Canadian producer Dan Snaith intends to echo a complicated era. To the point of worrying about his carbon footprint.

Sometimes, life catches you off guard. It tells you via Skype about the death of a relative who was doing so well. It's the election of a delusional political outsider that everyone swears he was going to lose. It gives birth to ... read more
MasterCrackfox
81
I'm admittedly coming in blind to Suddenly. As my musical taste has started to expand over the last few years, Caribou is a consistent and respected artist who has yet to grace my ears up to this moment. Even with that in mind, given the acclaim Snaith has garnered over two decades, I still feel I came into Suddenly with high expectations.

With high expectations but minimal idea what to look forward to here, Snaith's tenth album and fifth under the Caribou moniker is a blistering mix of club ... read more
Plats
87
"Suddenly" is a commendable effort with a sound I've been itching for. The writing and lyrics aren't anything amazing and there are a couple of times where the mixing is a bit off, but everything else is creatively executed. The sampling on here is excellent, the tracks are catchy and the overall album is pretty consistent.

Fav Tracks: Ravi, Home, You and I, Never Come Back, New Jade, Lime, Magpie

Least Fav Track: Sister

Score:
8.7
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Track List

  1. Sister
  2. You and I
  3. Sunny's Time
  4. New Jade
  5. Home
  6. Lime
  7. Never Come Back
  8. Filtered Grand Piano
  9. Like I Loved You
  10. Magpie
  11. Ravi
  12. Cloud Song
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Added on: December 4, 2019