[ALBUM REVIEW] Caribou: Our Love
The album we have been waiting for, for four years, is finally here. It seems that Snaith took his sweet time to give us his vision of Love, expressed in refined and subtle sounds, with deep and intimate meaning.
And this is precisely the difference between Our Love and his previous albums The Milk of Human, Kindness, Andorra and Swim… Our Love is significantly more personal and profound. It seeks to define love in all of its complexity from the point of you where you feel it more intensely: a break-up.
Through a personal dialog, this album goes through all the stages of a break-up. From the moment the relationship ends, until the moment you accept it. Over slowly shifting beats, repetitive sounds and instants of euphoria and melancholy, Dan Snaith transforms a million feelings into sounds and lyrics.
The emotional journey stars with "Can’t Do Without You", that defines the moment when a relationship ends. Intensity and despair are the two feelings described perfectly in this track filled with continuous beats that never explode. Frustration… Then that moment passes, and you start thinking things over calmed headed. You try to convince yourself that you will be ok… “I guess I don't need her It doesn't mean I can't get over her”. That’s what Silver is all about… Dull sounds and non-stop repetitive tunes get to a sudden explosion where you reach some sort of musical nirvana… Hope.
Then that hope becomes denial… You think your heart is cured, and in a certain way, you put yourself first, go out, and move to the dance beats of "All I Ever Need"… But right after that euphoria, you get your reality check and you are back in despair… missing what you had… Our Love. This is when you get on your feet again and ask for a "Second Chance", in the hopes of fixing what was broken… A melodic conversation between Dan Snaith and Jessy Lanza brings a whole new perspective to all this harmonious confusion. "Back Home" you start wondering if what you did and said was right. You even start doubting yourself if this is even what you want… It is one of the strongest songs of the album, it’s the climax.
In the end, you realize that whatever happens, “Your Love Will Set You Free”, and that feeling of discomfort is gone.