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Suddenly

Caribou

Suddenly

Fifth full-length release and first in five years for Dan Snaith as Caribou

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
City Slang
UK Release date
28/02/2020
US Release date
28/02/2020
  1. 10.0 |   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
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Dan Snaith’s project returns after five years away to confront grief and family, beautifully warping songs that are drenched in melody
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    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
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    For more than 20 years, Snaith has displayed a rare versatility and ability to keep things fresh. Suddenly is no different
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  5. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    What makes the album so spectacular is Snaith’s voice. This is the first Caribou effort on which he sings on every track, and his vocals are mixed higher than they have been in the past
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  6. 8.5 |   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. Although short-lived, this is what made Swim so memorable
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  7. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Suddenly becomes a glimmer of optimism, immaculate music for communal grief and celebration. In that, it’s the most vital album of his career
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  8. 8.2 |   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
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  9. 8.1 |   Gig Soup

    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
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Suddenly is Caribou's most willfully experimental album to date, his soft, distinctive vocals flow through every track, binding the whole thing together
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Snaith’s preternatural musical sense holds the entirety of it together in ways I’m not sure I understand yet and the abrupt, intuitive snaps from one register to another are the work of a true master
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    Dan Snaith muses about parenthood and mortality whilst seamlessly shifting between modes
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  13. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Snaith's gradual evolution is more than evident in Suddenly, a reflective and also outgoing mood piece that shares insight into what he's learned in the six years he's been away since 2014's Our Love
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  14. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Dan Snaith finds his voice and brings his experimental side to the fore without sacrificing his perfectly lush melodies
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  15. 8.0 |   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
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  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    12 luminous and inventive songs. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Snaith is increasingly confident in his own voice. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Everywhere you turn there is something beautiful. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   The Music

    Despite the curveballs, there’s a welcoming quality in Suddenly that runs through all Snaith’s music like a golden thread
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  20. 8.0 |   DIY

    It continues Caribou’s knack of releasing albums that are both accessible and explorative
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  21. 8.0 |   Crack

    A record where Snaith has laid himself bare. The result is his richest, strangest album yet
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  22. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    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
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  23. 8.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    Suddenly’s highlight is Home, which, like Lemon Jelly rewiring Moby’s Play, samples Gloria Barnes to glorious yet poignant effect
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  24. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    On Suddenly, Caribou have mapped out an intriguing territory between sounds fashioned by a laptop and an organic band, with scattershot ideas and fragments blossoming into songs; the results are unabashedly dreamy and prettier than in the past
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  25. 8.0 |   NOW

    Dan Snaith has an uncanny ability to communicate emotion in tone, lyric and structure
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  26. 8.0 |   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
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  27. 8.0 |   NME

    After nearly 20 years, the Canadian producer retains his weirdness on a progressive, enchanting treat of an album
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  28. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  29. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    It would be fair to say that Suddenly feels like the start of a different phase in Snaith's career as Caribou
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  30. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Snaith synthesizes numerous elements and styles into a cohesive whole without losing the individual flavors of the reference points that inform him
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  31. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    The narrative and sonic stylings of these songs have the aesthetic qualities of intimate music, but Snaith’s anonymous intonations, sometimes bathed in layers of muddy distortion, hold the listener at a frustrating distance
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  32. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It might be muddled at times, but in that sense Snaith has achieved everything he set out to do
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