Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Tallest Man On Earth - "The Wild Hunt"

The Tallest Man On Earth - "The Wild Hunt" Vinyl LP
Dead Oceans DOCO40
Original Release - 2010

"Oh meet me when the morning falls on the fields of desire" sings The Tallest Man On Earth aka Kristian Matsson, on the closing of track of "The Wild Hunt" called "Kids On The Run". If this lyric sounds like something you might be interested in, please read on...

Kristian Matsson is on the run. A modern day troubadour, who has been compared to Bob Dylan one too many times. I'll attempt to set the record straight, yes, he does remind me of Bob Dylan but his purpose is not to be an imitator. In fact, he channels many artists on this sophomore release, including Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen with amazing results. The element of "The Wild Hunt" that works so well for him is he is true to his voice, and he is true to his path.

Full of beautiful imagery, Scandinavian myth, and the thirst for adventure, "The Wild Hunt" flies by in a flash. This is beautiful folk music, from "You're Going Back" where Matsson sings "I could roll you to hell, I could swim from your heavens" to the rollicking "King of Spain", to the undoubtedly Springsteen inspired "Kids On The Run". This closing track sounds something akin to a subdued B-side from "Born To Run".

The thing I like best about this album is that Matsson seems to effortlessly convey the beauty of an adventure and its landscape with his words and music. His phrasing is perfect, and his voice is just weathered enough, and not overly produced. I cant wait to hop a train and take another adventure with The Tallest Man On Earth.

Album - A -

Vinyl - A - (includes download codes)

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