The Tallest Man On Earth, There’s No Leaving Now

Dan Hyman

By Dan Hyman

on 06.12.12 in Reviews
Clean, stoic, and more expertly produced

Those taken with the first two offerings from Kristian Matsson, the Swedish folk troubadour who performs as the Tallest Man On Earth, may be put off by the cleaner, more expertly-produced selections on There’s No Leaving Now, his third album. But it’s hardly surprising: Matsson has said this was the first album he recorded primarily in one setting, with proper studio trappings to match. Otherwise, it’s a refreshing, familiar affair: As with 2008′s Shallow Grave and its follow-up, 2010′s The Wild Hunt, intricate finger-picking matches Matsson’s ragged Dylan-esque croon which spills yarns of tempered love (“Revelation Blues”), emotional paralysis (“Little Brother”) and, ultimately, death (“1904″). The warmth of the singer/songwriter’s chord selection however, which underscores a mosaic of mumbled metaphors — particularly on tracks like the lilting “Wind and Walls” — will only make the self-doubt and suffering Matsson peppers over these 10 tracks appear all the more stoic.