- The Wild Hunt

The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 19 reviews
2010 Rank: #68 / 829
USER SCORE
83
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117 ratings

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85
Pitchfork

Pesky comparisons to Bob Dylan have dogged Kristian Matsson throughout his short career as the Tallest Man on Earth. In 2006, his self-titled EP introduced a singer with that familiar croak, a songwriter with a folk-revival revival sensibility, and a guitar player with an impressively agile fingerpicking style. The next year, his full-length debut, Shallow Grave, expanded nicely on those ideas, buffing away some of the rougher edges but emphasizing fully realized and beautifully evocative songs. The Wild Hunt, the second Tallest Man on Earth album and first for Dead Oceans, makes a few specific nods to Dylan at his most earnest and bare-- including a reference to "boots of Spanish leather" on "King of Spain". Ultimately, though, Matsson interprets Dylan, just as Dylan himself interpreted Guthrie. Mor

e to the point, Matsson translates him into the Scandinavian countryside, where he sings about changing seasons and quiet, lonely places far from cities. His lyrics are rough and often ragged, more concerned with evoking aching emotions than with making explicit sense. But that coded aspect only makes him sound more urgent, as if he's trying to convince you of something he couldn't possibly put into words.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Fingerpickin’ like a bat out of hell and with a voice like Bob Dylan’s 49th night terror, Sweden’s Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man On Earth, came out of nowhere with 2008’s stunningly tense Shallow Grave. Well, technically, I guess he came out of Sweden. Anyway, that record was Dylan on Benzedrine; Matsson’s fierce, blood-curdling yelps and fiery guitarisms turned a frightfully familiar formula into something new and exciting. Lyrically, dude made even less sense than Bobby D., beating around every kind of bush with strangely-brewed metaphors and brain-frying Swenglish out the wazoo. Was it a case of skewed translation, or was Matsson some mad, brilliant poet? Both seemed logical; both were probably true.

Jul 12, 2017
85
The Tallest Man on Earth draws on the sounds of at least three generations of folk musicians, but creates something unique and timeless by building the songs solely around his phenomenal guitar playing and textured, idiosyncratic voice -- Bob Dylan may be a tonal touchstone, but the phrasing is completely different. Full of gripping tales and poignant deliveries.
Apr 26, 2017
Felindie
72
Fav Tracks: Burden of Tomorrow, The Drying of the Lawns
Jan 8, 2017
zaxapitsa
NR
En algo sí que se parece a Bob, compone mejor que interpreta y sin embargo habría que ver si sus frases tendrían el mismo encanto sin esa voz tan libre como solo puede ser la de un jóven con alma de viejo.
Apr 17, 2016
EMR
75
On his sophomore album as The Tallest Man on Earth, singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson brings pretty much the same aesthetical value of his previous releases, but slowly starts to incorporate a wider array of instruments and further deepen the sound textures on the overall work. The Wild Hunt shows some beautiful and evocative lyrics with occasional powerful instrumental work, but also displays a slight decrease in production quality. Even though this album is not as memorable in sheer ... read more
May 18, 2015
SiberianBreaks
89
An improvement on all fronts here. The Tallest Man on Earth crafts some of the most memorable and friendly folk songs that permanently stick with you. Fantastic guitar playing and never loses steam.

EDIT: It's nothing revolutionary, but the songwriting here is timeless.

Favourite tracks: You're Going Back, King of Spain, Love Is All
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Track List
  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