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The Wild Hunt [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 (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • ASIN: B0038QMREA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,615 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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BBC Review

Sweden’s Kristian Matsson – The Tallest Man on Earth to you and I – is an old-fashioned success story of sorts. Following his posting of a few primitively recorded tracks to MySpace a few years ago, it wasn’t long before a local label head came knocking and he was touring the wilds of his native country, barely enough songs behind him to carry a set list.

Cut to 2008: following a rapturously received debut album and three nights at the Los Angeles Town Hall in support of Bon Iver, it wasn’t long before venerable US indie Dead Oceans picked up the young singer. This second effort is the first to receive widespread distribution outside of Scandinavia, and a superb record it is too; a ranging, dusty collection of songs that belie his upbringing in rural Sweden, coming off more peak-era Dylan or early 20th century troubadour than anything else.

Matsson doesn’t deny these influences (Dylan is right there, listed on his MySpace account), but he hardly fosters them, either. While The Wild Hunt strays from its one-man-and-guitar template only once over the course of its ten songs (perhaps significantly, in the woozy, Springsteen-inflected closer Kids on the Run), it offers plenty in the way of surprises – its rough, assured command of melody and intuitive chord sequences veering from chest beating to contemplative in tone.

Lyrically, there is so much going on here it’s hard to get a handle on. King of Spain sits at the heart of the piece, a swinging, irrepressible number that draws on almost every Iberian cliché going in a bitter swipe at its creator’s own foolhardiness. Although the title-track opens the record on a note of optimism, it is so strewn with elemental, often Biblical imagery – indeed, its central motif of departure plays heavy on almost every single song – that Matsson’s greater, darker concerns are unavoidable.

Nevertheless, The Wild Hunt is a heady and enthralling work, its impressionistic nature bolstered by levels of charm and confidence found all too rarely in these modern times. --James Skinner

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5.0 out of 5 stars Record Holder & Record Lover 9 April 2010
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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All too often the folk genre is let down by one man and his guitar. He may have stories to tell and he may do so well, but without a voice these artists soon flounder in a sea of indifference. Sweden's Kristian Matsson is luckily in possession of a fine pair of familiar lungs. His cadent, nasal rasp is without doubt indebted to, but not owned by, one Bob Dylan and alongside his own minimal, yet irrepressibly optimistic accompaniment, Matsson is unquestionably the star of the show.

He deftly filters a little country into both his toe-tapping folk and vocal delivery, creating a very welcome ride down Highway 61, The Cave Singers to the left, The Strange Boys to the right (no jokers in sight). And he's equally happy in more traditional folk, the bobbing chord progressions and melody of "Love Is All" are as old as the hills and close to the pastoral flutters Nick Drake perfected.

The surging strumming of "You're Going Back" and the infectious beauty of "Burden of Tomorrow" are prime examples of warm, interesting, heartfelt folk. The summery, emotive finger-plucking of "Troubles Will Be Gone" pairs Matsson's crackling voice perfectly.

The impeccable ode "King Of Spain", which out of context could be viewed as too cavalier and deeply mired in folkloric wandering, finds a very happy home within The Wild Hunt environment. Smile-inducingly theatrical, and imbued with a deep determination essential to the genre it concedes only to "A Lion's Heart". Achingly pretty and full of soaring emotion backed with impeccable, intricate fingerwork, it's as honest as the magnificent work Danny & The Champions of The World has recently produced. Both rightly demand an appreciation of the gentle lyricism and high-calibre musicianship on offer.

In 2008, Matsson's debut deservedly met with much acclaim. Its power was its weakness, simple done well. The Wild Hunt continues this legacy, full of optimistic, unforgettable songs. Now, about that stage name ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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What the hell is going on in Scandinavia? Over the past few years our great friends in Northern Europe have gone through a radical renaissance in music and are currently churning out artists like Wales produces outside half's. They are not holding back on the quality and in turn are producing some of the best and diverse sounds on the planet. Also equally importantly in many cases they are not only reinventing but reinvigorating old sounds. To name check key artists we have The Knife, the Shout out Loud's, Jaga Jazzist, Husky Rescue, Erik Hassle and the truly wonderful First Aid Kit. Add to this the fact that the best song of 2010 thus far is called Norway (by Beach house) and a Nordic inter planetary domination threatens.

Now to that ever expanding list we must add the Sweden's Kristian Matsson namely "The Tallest Man on Earth", possibly one of the greatest of the new school. Following rave reviews supporting Bon Iver on his US tour in 2008 Matsson was snapped up by Dead Oceans Records and produced his first album in 2008 "Shallow Grave" and "The Tallest Man on Earth EP* (Check out Walk the line").

My title to this review is a poor attempt at wit and we shouldn't overplay the Dylan comparisons. Yes Matsson singing style is abrasive, raw and acidic but is is well beyond the usual Dylan imitator and the underpinning talent is immense. Check out one of the albums highlights "the King of Spain", which is tempestuous and brilliantly written. Matsson sings it like the proverbial dervish spitting out words and playing the guitar in a fashion that would give his manicurist a nightmare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good 31 Dec 2010
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I went to see the tallest man in St Phillips in Salford with my cousin who was very keen, but I had never heard of him and I felt it would be rude not to go! I was not expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the music (obviously some songs more than others) and as a keen guitar player myself I felt that the music was worth playing regularly. I now have this CD on my Ipod and I listen to it a lot more than other artists in the similar genre. I would highly recommend this CD for any guitar players who would like to learn something relatively challenging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album! 19 Jan 2013
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The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt is a beautiful album filled is great songs! Best listened to as an album instead of on shuffle!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Folk Singer 11 Sep 2011
By Trebor
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This is one of the best albums I've bought this year. I don't know how he's passed me by until now. I can put the album on and listen to it end-to-end, pure joy. I've been playing the album almost non-stop for a month. My favourite song is a toss up between "Burden of Tomorrow" and "King of Spain". If you are a fan of Americana, give this try, I'm glad I did.
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