The Tallest Man on Earth
Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird


3.5
great

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
September 19th, 2010 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kristian Matsson stays the tallest man in your eyes for five more songs.

When Kristian Matsson released The Wild Hunt earlier this year, it pinned his soulfully barked folk ramblings firmly on the map. Though in person a diminutive man, it was an album that further cemented the idea his moniker referred not to his height but to his presence as an artist, and to his confidence in a voice that could firmly stand out to listeners. Unlike that previous release, where he yelped, shouted, and strummed until his fingers bled, Sometimes The Blues is Just a Passing Bird is a quieter set of songs, and an EP that continues to reveal both the talent and ambition of one of the most exciting folk artists of recent years.

The tender nature of the recordings lend themselves considerably to Matsson’s warm, nostalgic imagery (“You’ll build a collection of scars on your knees / to learn how to count the impossible trees”) and slower finger plucking but perhaps the most remarkable moment on the EP comes when Matsson introduces a new element to his repertoire: he goes electric. “The Dreamer” is as gorgeous a song as he’s written and the simple, electric strumming works wonderfully behind a typically stirring vocal performance. The remaining tracks don’t stray significantly from his signature style but the slower melancholy sets them apart from the liveliness that seemed to shine through even the most sullen of his past work, which is perhaps why they weren't included in past releases. Still, it's the power of his voice that continues to pump life through the veins of his music and it's coarse, vaulting nature is harnessed beautifully in moments like the declaration "I'm not leavin' alone!" in "Tangle in this Trampled Wheat".

There's a quality about Matsson that injects charisma into even the most timid of moments and it's this that continues to blossom in his work. It's a quality that's all the more evident in his live show, where those fortunate to have attended one would've witnessed him silence an audience with just a step towards the microphone. It seems like a foregone conclusion but you’d be hard pressed to find a man who’d bet against the continuing success of Kristian Matsson and with this 20-minute addition to his catalog, there’s even more reason to get behind an artist who's showing no signs of slowing down. What’s particularly encouraging is his willingness to experiment (“Kids on the Run” off The Wild Hunt, “The Dreamer” here) and though he may not actually be the tallest man on earth, his rise and rise as an artist may just end up convincing me otherwise.



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Kiran
Emeritus
September 19th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thought i'd write this because i really love this guy

SeaAnemone
September 19th 2010


20527 Comments


the more I listen to this guy's stuff, the more I love him. I must check this out, because I think The Wild Hunt is my favorite of 2010 so far.

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deathofasalesman
September 19th 2010


5850 Comments


Damn November? Is there a leak?

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2010


7026 Comments


New stuff is great live, particularly The Dreamer.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2010


31356 Comments


Oh hey, this is purty

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Kiran
Emeritus
September 19th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn November? Is there a leak?

it's out on itunes, november is just the physical release

Tits McGee
September 19th 2010


1876 Comments


oohh gotta get this. great review dude

deathofasalesman
September 19th 2010


5850 Comments


Oh alright, nice review btw. Liked the concluding sentence.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 19th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks!

New stuff is great live, particularly The Dreamer.

that's awesome to hear and i am not at all surprised! just sucks he wasn't playing it yet when i saw him

EVedder27
September 19th 2010


6088 Comments


stellar review, gonna have to acquire this

Enotron
September 19th 2010


7695 Comments


review reads more like a 4, but whatever. I really enjoy your writing.

WatchItExplode
September 19th 2010


3272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey, I just got an itunes gift card, guess what i'm gonna pick up...

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2010


7358 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need to get this

Enotron
September 19th 2010


7695 Comments


album name is amazing

Douglas
September 19th 2010


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I love the lyricism in The Dreamer. So many gosh darn metaphors.

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jeremologyy
September 19th 2010


269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

like the wheeeeeeeeeel

Sejine
September 19th 2010


62 Comments


The Dreamer is his best song, that I've heard anyways.

Love the EP title, will have to pick it up.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
September 19th 2010


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules so hard

crazyblinddude
September 19th 2010


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. This was a nifty little release for us fans.

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2010


10495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

summarys a bit rainbow-y

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