The Tallest Man on Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth



by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
March 7th, 2010 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your messiah is in town.

To some, it may seem that this guy wants to be Bob Dylan. The truth is that this guy isn’t trying to be him or rip him off; he wants to be the next best thing. Kristian Matsson, also known as The Tallest Man on Earth, takes quite a bit of his influence from Mr. Dylan; from his heartwarming, twanged acoustic guitar work, to his near mirror image of Dylan’s vocal style. Every artist has to start somewhere and for Kristian it was on his first self-titled EP that brings the listener into the world of Swedish folk music. Some of the notes on this record tend to be a bit repetitive, but it’s still better than most of the folk music on the market today.

On the first song, Tallest Man brings you into his home and sets you in front of his fire. While not the most unique song, the lyrics make up for the monotony. The second song titled “Walk the Line” is sadly not a Johnny Cash cover, but this song can prove to be one of the best Tallest Man vocal performances to date. Tallest Man’s ability to tell you a story through song is just magnificent. “Steal Tomorrow” is a great example of a more upbeat song by Tallest Man. With an obvious un-mastered recording structure, Tallest Man’s first release is just as emotional as it is natural. The album ends with “Into the Steam” which also appears on Tallest Man’s first full length Shallow Graves. It sports some great Dylan-esque vocals and is just as folksy as good folk should be. Listen to this record and leave it with the fact that The Tallest Man on Earth is one of best modern folk artists out there. While his tunes from his first release don’t match up to his more recent works, they are still a very worthy addition to any music collection.

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March 7th 2010


I've tried reviewing this so many times, but never could write anything worthwhile.

March 7th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Haha well I basically feel that way about this review but something still needed to be said about it. It was quick and easy peasy.

March 8th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

oh my, can i say easy peasy on tv

June 3rd 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

this is a wonderful EP

Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

Considering I am neither a fan of folk music nor raw, lo-fi production, the 2006 debut self-titled EP from Kristian Matsson isn’t too bad once you get used to his yelping vocals. Going by The Tallest Man on Earth moniker, Matsson recalls early Dylan with his melodic acoustic guitar playing and ability to transport you to another time & place with his storytelling. Of course, it may all be because the EP is just 16 minutes in length. Recommended Tracks: Walk The Line & I Will Follow the Rain.

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May 17th 2011


I always thought this was pretty bad with the exception of 'Intro the Stream'. =/ Hm...

March 7th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

it will follow the rain is so good

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