Caribou - Start Breaking My Heart
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Start Breaking My Heart

Originally released back in 2001,Start Breaking My Heart is one of those electronic that doesn’t sound quite as fresh as it did five years ago. Back in the day, Dan Snaith was going by the name Manitoba, and even though he couldn’t have foreseen the events that would take place with him getting sued and changing his name, the single line of text inside the liner notes of the CD (saying “Dude, I’m Screwed”) now seems like a bit of foreshadowing.

Despite all the hullabaloo, there really wasn’t loads of drama involved with the lawsuit and name switch. Snaith simply chose to go by Caribou instead and went about his business, releasing the awesome ,The Milk Of Human Kindness. Although neither one was difficult to find, another stipulation in the lawsuit was that his older releases couldn’t be reprinted with the old name on them, so plans were made for special reissues of each of his first two albums.

Both ,Up In Flames and Start Breaking My Heart have been given similar treatments, issued in double CD cases with cardboard slipcovers that contain both the original album and a full disc of bonus material. In the case of his first album, the bonus disc includes tracks from his People Eating Fruit EP, “Paul’s Birthday” 12”, the ,Give’R EP, and the If Assholes Could Fly, This Place Would Be An Airport EP. It’s the first time that many of the tracks have been available on CD, and those who haven’t hunted down the vinyl will no doubt want to check them out.

The b-side tracks from the earlier releases are only mildly interesting, but by the time that Snaith hits the Give’R EP, he’s in full stride, pumping out music-box sample-dosed insane dance music that is fun and filling at the same time. “If Assholes Could Fly…” is a particular gem, banging out a twisted two-step that shows off his mastery of yet another genre while “Webers” is a low-end blasted piece that’s both delicate and hugely krunk. If you have the original and still find yourself pulling it out once in awhile for a spin, the almost sixty minutes of bonus material here will be hard to pass up. Those looking to finally pick up Carbou’s debut will have an even easier decision to make.

rating: 7.7510
Aaron Coleman 2006-07-13 19:58:20