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Shallow Grave [CD]

The Tallest Man on Earth Audio CD
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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 (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • ASIN: B003XSSR5G
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Won't Be Found 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pistol Dreams 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Honey Won't You Let Me In 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shallow Grave 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Where Do My Bluebird Fly 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Gardener 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands 2:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Sparrow and the Medicine 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Into the Stream 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. This Wind 3:240.79  Buy MP3 

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Whether it's The Tallest Man on Earth's lo-fi tape recording technique or penetrating vocal stylings, "Shallow Grave" authentically represents a tradition of Americana folk rock that was popularized during the 50s and 60s. The Tallest Man on Earth, like Dylan before him, grounds his songs in Son House - and Blind Willie McTell - inspired guitar work, lofting tempestuous vocals overhead and garnishing liberally with babes and 'honey's'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Digging For Gold 23 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Let's get the Dylan comparisons over and done with and move on.
Yes, Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Mattson has clearly been
exposed to Mr Zimmerman's music at some point during his life.

Mr Mattson's debut album is a breath of fresh air. These ten songs
are simple but beautifully articulated little gems, totally devoid of
artifice and attitude. A man and his guitar with a few tales to tell, solid
instrumental technique and a distinctive voice to make them ring true.

The memorable tunes have their roots in the soil of a rich folksy
heritage. The lessons have been well-learned and transmuted into
confident compositions of reassuringly individual class and character.

It's all good but if I were to pick three bright and shiny apples from
Mr Mattson's tree they would have to be title track 'Shallow Grave', a
plaintively rolling banjo-led arrangement with a wonderfully cracked
and dusty vocal performance which sounds like it could have been locked
up in an abandoned and crumbling prairie cabin for years; the well-crafted
up-tempo melancholy of opening track 'I Won't Be Found' which displays
its creator's characterful nasal twang to particularly fine effect and the
lovely 'The Blizzard's Never Seen The Desert Sands', another banjo piece
which may well have sprung fully formed from the soil of Mr Mattson's
homeland but carries the spirit of Woody Guthrie deep in its soul.

'Shallow Grave' wears its heart on its sleeve. It is in every way an album to cherish.

Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One man, a guitar and his raw powerful voice 11 Mar 2014
By Koos
Format:Audio CD
One man, a guitar, a distinctive, raw, powerful voice, some 10 songs. Nothing more, nothing less. That’s all. That’s it.

It’s everything. It’s a very strong debut by this Swedish singer-songwriter. And yes indeed, he sounds somewhat like Bob Dylan in his best days. And yes indeed, some people don’t like it because he sounds like Bob Dylan in his best days. Then I think: what is wrong with that? The thing is, I can’t resist the record and I can help it to like the record so much.

To start, Kristian Matsson has a great way of playing his accoustic guitar or his banjo. It’s not dull picking, but he fills the air with full, warm rhythm lines. Secondly, the sound of the record feels like it has been a high quality recording that has been transported through time from the forties or the fifties. Third, lyrically it’s a joy to listen to such a wonderful, almost poetic songwriter. The title track provides the line ‘Oh when I dive into the water/I've raised the bottom to be saved’. It’s the line that sticks in my head all the time. In the strong “The Gardner” Matsson starts with ‘I sense a runner in the garden/Although my judgements known to fail/Once built a steamboat in a meadow/ Cos I'd forgotten how to sail’. With his words Matsson creates all the time wonderful pictures in your head.

Most artist needs a band to perform at their best. But with Tallest Man on Earth? He only needs himself, his guitar and his voice to silence you. With his debut album he established himself as one of the most promising artists, not only in the singer-songwriter scene or folk scene but even wider.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning talent from Scandinavia ! 15 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Every now and again an artist suddenly appears that leaves you almost speechless............in spite of a sometimes rough vocal edge that takes a little getting used to,the sheer musicality and the superlative lyrical quality raise the Kristian Mattson ( aka The Tallest Man ) to a level that is on par with Bob Dylan.

His live performances are actually even better than the studio production of the CD, and The Wild Hunt, his second album is also quite superb. The more I've listened to his music the more it grows..... great stuff !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BE AWARE!!!!!!!!! 1 Jan 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This vinyl reissue is on the GRAVITATION label and runs at 45RPM, it's not a DEAD OCEANS copy.

Still the music and package are the same and an original white vinyl copy will cost much more, if you can find one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, just buy it 21 Jun 2011
By Pete C
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I haven't listened to anything other than TMOE for months now, just awesome. If anything the follow up album, The Wild Hunt, is even better.
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