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There's No Leaving Now, the newest record from Kristian Matsson's aptly titled moniker, The Tallest Man On Earth, finds the Swedish troubadour trading in the sense of urgency that fueled his first two records for a confidently relaxed approach. The results are paralyzing. The songwriting is every bit as detailed and captivating as his previous work, but this time around, Matsson is ... Read more in Amazon's The Tallest Man on Earth Store

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  • Audio CD (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B0038QMREA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wild Hunt
2. Burden of Tomorrow
3. Troubles Will be Gone
4. You re Going Back
5. The Drying of the Lawns
6. King of Spain
7. Love is All
8. Thousand Ways
9. A Lion's Heart
10. Kids on the Run

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With unbridled excitement, we bring you The Tallest Man on Earth's second LP, The Wild Hunt. It is all here: The words. The voice. The melodies. Ten perfect songs. The Wild Hunt picks up where 2008's Shallow Grave left off, with Matsson doing what he does best. It is unmistakably The Tallest Man on Earth, from the urgent strums of "You're Going Back" and the sweet melodies of "Love is All," to the playful lyricism of live favorite "King of Spain" and the subtle hook on "Burden of Tomorrow."

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He has a very unique voice and is a great guitar player.
Patrick Bentrott
Watched some YouTube videos, and immediately went on here and ordered this album.
Jim A
It's by far one of the best albums to listen to on vinyl, I highly recommend it.
Jenny

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gavin B. on July 5, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
I cringe whenever the critics label an up and coming musician "the next Dylan". However benevolent one's intentions may be, comparing any up and coming performer to Dylan is usually the kiss of death for the the performer. When critics play "Dylan card", it creates an impossibly high set of expectations and usually results in sort of critical backlash that can kill the career of an aspiring artist. There is only one Bob Dylan and Dylan himself has rarely lived up to the heroic expectations of his fans and followers. Over the years, "the next Dylan" has been used on preformers as P.F. Sloan, Barry McGuire, Bob Lind, Peter Mulvey & Lloyd Cole and look what it did for their careers. Dylan's earliest peers like Dave Van Ronk and Phil Ochs both played out their careers living in the shadow of Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen was about the only survivor of "the next Dylan" tag and as it turned out, Springsteen turned out to be something very different from Robert Zimmerman. The Tallest Man on Earth is Latest entry to the "next Dylan" sweepstakes and his abundant musical talent makes it even harder to sidestep use of the Dylan analogy.

On his second full album the Tallest Man on Earth (Swedish folk singer Kristian Mattson) is moving out from under Dylan's long shadow to craft his own body of work that stands both aside and apart from Dylan's. Dylan was and still is. capable of doing a lot with his reedy and nasal voice, and by my ear Mattson's voice has a similar expressive and passionate quality. But the Tallest Man enjoys at least full octave advantage over Mr. Zimmerman in his vocal range. Mattson's guitar playing is ragged, strident and far more self assured than Dylan even at that height of his early coffeehouse days when Dylan was absorbing the complex finger picking styles of Bleeker St.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ::Sara:: on September 27, 2010
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One of the best albums I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. With that said, he's not for everyone (as my friends and family like to continuously remind me) - but with a brief concentration on his story, you may begin to see how his voice ties with the poetics of his lyrics, so perfectly. I wouldn't have it any other way! He sings about friendship, lost love, longing love, angry love, hopeful love, and a whole lot of subjects that can hit close to home. It's an album full of metaphors, some of which I still trouble myself over deciphering, but that is part of the enjoyment. A new story unfolds each time I listen to a song.. a new interpretation, or a more emphasized meaning. I love his raw, slightly high-pitched, raspy voice, and I look forward to all of his future releases - he will not disappoint, I'm certain. He's too full of emotion to lose touch of the music he creates. One man, a guitar.. that's all you really need to feel the warm fuzzies.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Noland on April 14, 2010
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I've been a fan for about a year now, thankfully discovered his music (not very mainstream) from a friend and had the opportunity to see him live. It's a shame this artist isn't more well-known. In any case, this album is fantastic, exactly what I was expecting, and slightly more polished than his first album. Also the piano sneaks in here on the last track, which is a departure from his one-man-band guitarist lineup, and it's a beauty. Buy this album, you won't be disappointed, and check out his earlier stuff too if you're not familiar.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn C. Rose on April 14, 2010
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If there was any doubt that the Tallest Man on Earth is an incredibly talented folk musician, this album will surely smash those doubts. This album ranges from upbeat make-you-wanna dance tracks to earthy hymns that float on the air and bring beauty to the ears. This album is much tighter than his first (although Shallow Grave is nothing to scoff at by any means). I highly recommend this album to the curious listener as well as Tallest Man's first album Shallow Grave.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan McDonald on October 12, 2010
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I had never heard of The Tallest Man on Earth before purchasing this album. The songs on the album speak volumes to me and have reconnected me with my love for music briefly lost. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By River Rivers on April 17, 2010
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Over the past two years I don't think I've listened to any artist more than Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man on Earth) and his first album. His music is universally appealing.

The lyrics on The Wild Hunt are stronger on paper than those on the first album. His voice that I thought was perfect the first time around also manages to sound better. He does a great job at making the lyrics fit with the music rather than being the focus of it.

The single King of Spain is the PERFECT response to all the people wasting their time comparing him to Bob Dylan, etc. In it, he refers to Bob Dylan as both the King of Spain and an eagle (symbolic of freedom). Kristian says throughout the song that he is neither Dylan nor trying to be him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa S. on February 15, 2011
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I found the Tallest Man on Earth through my recommendations on last.fm - he is recommended if you listen to Bon Iver, Okkervil River, Fleet Foxes, Blind Pilot and Great Lake Swimmers, and of course he is reminiscent of Dylan because of his voice. He writes and plays beautifully and I can't stop listening - I highly recommend this album. Love is All, King of Spain, and The Wild Hunt stand out, although the whole album is quite lovely. I had initially downloaded the album to try for free, and decided to buy it to support a wonderful underground (in the US anyways) artist.
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