12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
Once upon a time The Tallest Man On Earth was but a peculiar stage-name held in reverence in only the most obscure pockets of the Internet. Yet, thanks to successively well-received releases, the secret is now well out of the box. So, what does Kristian Mattson have in reserve now that the weight of expectation is upon him?
Well, for the most part, There's No Leaving Now sees the passing of last year's deliciously downbeat blues. Gone too in the main are the overt resemblances to other singer-songwriters - Mattson and his vocal has never been more his own and the accompanying sepia-crackled production couldn't be more appropriate for his tales.
This is an album with poise. Some of its rich running order finds success with a more expansive sound than previously. Mattson's swift fingers wholly embrace plugged-in plucking for the first time, arranging these blissful structures with his more traditional acoustic strumming. Happily, room remains however for the starkly straightforward and the sombre one-two of "Bright Lanterns" and the stunning title track, for example, are something to behold. The former introduces a mesmeric wash of pedal steel to the Tallest Man template, the latter strips back to just a piano.
Mattson has always understood that simply playing well isn't enough and, true to form, There's No Leaving Now is peppered with delightful turns. The breaks and returns in the brilliantly Bob Dylan-like "Wind And Walls" are euphoric, their reprise in the simplistic "Criminals" impeccable. The little explosions of guitar after the chorus in "1904" are just lovely, the timeless keys in the summery "To Just Grow Away" perfect.
There's No Leaving Now is another wonderful LP from Mattson. There's no-one with a profile as elevated as his with the gravitas to match a record like this. Moreover Mattson couldn't have been more prophetic with his choice of album title - there's no deviating from an artist as impressive as he. There is no choice but to follow - there's no leaving now.
Advised downloads: "Bright Lanterns" and "Wind And Walls".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
This album is incredible! Albeit slightly less 'rough around the edges' in terms of editing and softening of the rasp that TTMOE has. That said it is a great album with the very first song being my favourite off the album! I'd recommend buying this product whole heartedly and support the man!
on 10 September 2012
A just slightly different record compared with its predecessors. Where "Shallow Grave" and "Wild Hunt" had a special raw, rough sound and were the man and his guitar, "There is no leaving now" is the man, his guitar and a little bit more.
"Shallow Grave" and "Wild Hunt" probably gave you a little bit the feeling like you were in the thirties or forties, listening to a radio where this tremendous voice with guitar sound came out. "There is no leaving now" lacks the sharpness and rawness of its two predecessors, but is a little bit more smooth. Maybe it's because TMoE uses more his semi electric guitar on his songs and because he has used a little bit more overdubs. So it is a little bit less pure acoustic and a little bit more electric. More smooth, for some songs it turns out very well, like the impressive, little-tear-in-your-eye-feeling wit two guitars songs `Revelation Blues' and `1904'. Those are powerful and will have a long lasting beauty.
With some of the guitar riffs in for example `Revelation Blues' you think: why did nobody else came with such riffs before? The piano song and album title sounds a little bit too similar to "The wild hunt" its album closer `Kids on the run'.
TMoE has produced this record himself. Personally, and compared with the other two records, I think it would be better for the record if TMoE wouldn't produce it himself. Another producer's or sound engineer's ear would help to make the record moo distinctive. Then, did the record bored me? Definitely not. I bought the record last week, listened to it every day since, preferring the first part of the record above the second part. Strange enough, the first part has the songs with more electric guitar and overdubs. Turns out that "There is no leaving now" is a good record. But it is also a record that will make you think: in which direction will he go on his next record?
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2012
I followed this up from a newspaper review of a concert and love it. It is a bit like David Gray's White Ladder, with strong songs set in lovely acoustic settings. It stands together as a good mood CD, tracks fit well together rather than any standing out.