The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt


4.5
superb

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
December 24th, 2010 | 13 replies | 2,955 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Just look at that album cover: a view of the landscape passing by your car, as wide open and glorious as anything. Its baron nakedness accentuates its beauty, with only a distant small town and foggy mountan ranges in the background. This is where Kristian Matsson resides, with nothing but his guitar (once in a while he'll bust out a piano), on the open road with no start or finish. Underneath the moniker The Tallest Man On Earth, Matsson plays folk tunes that are unforced and free-flowing, like a waterfall beckoning you to jump into. Some albums are great additions to a long trip on the road, best served to stay in the stereo, but The Wild Hunt becomes more the longer the trip goes. Matsson has a way about him that gives off an incredible vibe of comfort that shines through his varied, powerful strumming and sultry words about the places he's been and places he's dreamed of.

While Matsson's songs are soft and nurturing, his voice is like an attack, sharp and strong. It's grating in the way a metal-toothed comb brushes your hair - a jolt to the system but after a while it becomes a pleasure. Comparison's to Bob Dylan are nigh-impossible to avoid, however there is a key difference: while Dylan seemed like he was always on a mission, Matsson is flowing with the breeze, allowing his songwriting to take natural shapes along with his voice that stands for everything and nothing simultaneously. His lyrics paint pictures of vivid memories, memories that don't really amount to anything other than little pieces of his past, which fit like a puzzle until the picture is full. "King Of Spain", a melodically and rhythmically brilliant song, is like a bird's eye view of the vine-riddled streets of true Spain, a place where Matsson recalls different cities and events that shaped his adventure into such that he ends up declaring that he "wants to be the king of Spain" in an outcry. Each track on The Wild Hunt is varied yet weaves an attached web that acts like a bed beneath water-drenched leaves where Matsson's voice rests; the opening title track is a swinging ode to leaving home, "Burden Of Tomorrow" features drastic chord changes and nods to various forces of weather, "Troubles Will Be Gone" is finger plucking at its finest. Whatever Matsson decides to throw at his guitar, it's ready and welcoming to it.

While I'm not versed in folk music by any means, The Wild Hunt is one of those rare albums that will stick with you for some good time. Certainly one of the best folk albums I've ever heard (in my tiny, tiny collection) and one of the most endearing albums of the year. Kristian Matsson has opened the decade with something entirely fresh and yours; The Wild Hunt is an album to subjectively cherish.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
wyankeif1338
December 24th 2010


167 Comments


[img]http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ldx0wbBJ201qcazvso1_500.jpg[/img]

and awesome review

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2010


10405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's matsson bro.

but excellent review, that album art is definitely one of my favorites of the year

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2010


23814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, I should download it so I can finally listen to it myself and rate it

Romulus
December 24th 2010


8434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review for a great album. also pretty nice for the holidays come to think of it

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 24th 2010


10593 Comments


Great album, I should download it so I can finally listen to it myself and rate it


Seriously get on that.


Great job as usual, pos

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 24th 2010


10593 Comments


To you as well.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2010


7263 Comments


Excellent review. Have a pos.

Seasons greetings and a happy new year to you Chambered!

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Oceanus
December 25th 2010


877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Why is this under "Rock" at the top of the page?

EVedder27
December 25th 2010


6088 Comments


Great review Chambered. I may be in the minority, but I like Shallow Grave a bit more.

morte
December 25th 2010


129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I simply love this, the melodies are so beautiful!
for ex. in: Burden of Tomorrow, Love is All, The Wild Hunt, A Lion's Heart.

the only thing I "don't like" is the lyrics, but that's because English is not my first language and he uses a lot of metaphors and unusual words I don't understand.

renegadestrings
December 25th 2010


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. i just got this album and i haven't quite given it a full listen, but i'll start now. i love this guy's voice for whatever reason

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2010


15034 Comments


this has a niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice spot on the ol' aoty list

eternium
December 26th 2010


16338 Comments


Just saved that picture.



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