The Tallest Man on Earth
There’s No Leaving Now - DEAD OCEANS
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Kyle Lemmon on June 12, 2012
Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) creeps out from underneath his forebears’ shadows on his third album, There’s No Leaving Now. The Swedish singer-songwriter’s voice was downright stentorian on 2008’s Shallow Grave and 2010’s The Wild Hunt. The latter’s electrified companion EP, Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird, serves as a jumping off point for Matsson’s current full-length. Per usual, each track’s lyrics are pulled from the emotional jetsam of a life steeped in nature. Melodic phrasings are less portended than on earlier efforts and Matsson’s ever-burgeoning dalliances with country, blues and chamber rock are restrained charms. The pedal steel-accented “Bright Lanterns” and “Wind and Walls” are two of the folk musician’s most poignant songs. He sets the scenes with just enough obscured detail to keep you unraveling them just a little more. The Tallest Man on Earth continues his approach; it’s both likable and rousing.