The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


4.5
superb

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
June 15th, 2012 | 109 replies | 13,018 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Tallest Man on Earth continues to astound, whether he’s building hope or breaking hearts.

Back in 2010, a man heralded as folk’s messiah dropped his second proper album while people all over the world stood in awe. The Wild Hunt was Kristian Matsson’s true breakthrough, an album that allowed the Swedish artist to spread his wings and let the world finally see him for who he was: one of this generation’s most genuine voices. Despite the plethora of Bob Dylan comparisons, Matsson, known widely as The Tallest Man on Earth, has discovered within himself something that makes him stand shoulders above his peers. While The Wild Hunt was indeed an exceptional record in its own right, it lacked the painfully authentic and personal feeling of his latest, There’s No Leaving Now. With his third record, Matsson has refined his tried and true sound, whilst imbuing it with an emotive and immiscible feeling rarely seen in music today.

To be honest, There’s No Leaving Now sounds much like Matsson’s previous records, strikingly so even. The same strained, crooning vocals soar over deceptively simple acoustic guitar parts, all wrapped together nicely thanks to some brilliant songwriting. However, here Matsson has pulled out all the stops as There’s No Leaving Now features some of his greatest work. He has improved both as an instrumentalist and a songwriter, with the record feeling much fuller and more realized than anything else he has done before. Subtle changes to his music’s complexity makes for some astounding moments, such as in “Leading Me Now.” Meanwhile, the gut-wrenching title track impresses with its beautiful and impassioned delivery, despite being a much more straight-forward acoustic piece.

But what makes The Tallest Man on Earth’s third record truly shine is the aforementioned genuine feeling that absolutely permeates every bit from start to finish. It is rare to hear an artist bare his soul in such a way that it feels authentic, but Matsson does it beautifully. Because of this, the album’s most subdued songs stun just as much if not more than its bolder and grander moments. “Revelations Blues” and “There’s No Leaving Now” are achingly personal, as everything from the lyrics to the vocals shift to fit the mood. It is within these nuanced moments that the listener becomes aware of the true breadth of Matsson’s musical genius.

There’s No Leaving Now is a defining moment in a career that has been nothing but exemplary. The Tallest Man on Earth continues to astound, whether he’s building hope or breaking hearts, making for one of this year’s most exceptional records.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 15th 2012



10593 Comments


so good

pizzamachine
June 15th 2012



12571 Comments


Hi there! Great review.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2012



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess I'm missing something...

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 15th 2012



10593 Comments


Tbh The Wild Hunt was a low 4 for me so the hype I missed out on 2 years ago must be hitting me late haha

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2012



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's the other way around for me. I love The Wild Hunt, and I really like this. But it doesn't grab me as much...

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 15th 2012



10593 Comments


How did this just now get BNM?

Maniac!
June 15th 2012



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sup xeno

cvlts
June 15th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

prob cause a contrib/staff reviewed it?

robin
Emeritus
June 15th 2012



4248 Comments


god this album is incredible

cvlts
June 15th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea and i didnt even care much for the wild hunt

MyWife
June 15th 2012



367 Comments


lol these opinions

Samizdat
June 15th 2012



301 Comments


I guess I'm in the minority that thinks this lacks the intimacy of The Wild Hunt. I mean, like, it's good...really good, but it ain't special.

MyWife
June 15th 2012



367 Comments


no no guy has increased his scope and made it catchier hes officially a genius

Samizdat
June 15th 2012



301 Comments


We have conflicting views on criteria for genius.

One can heap on as many layers of clothing as he wants. Can't do the reverse quite as easily.

MyWife
June 15th 2012



367 Comments


youll 5 it be4 the end of the yr trust me this guy is goin places with his unique and honest take on indie

Rev
June 15th 2012



9409 Comments


still have never listened to this guy


anyway, great review Eli! pos'd

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2012



7177 Comments


All I saw was the word "Xenophanes" before rushing in here to comment and spread some love.

No idea what album this is.

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tom79
June 15th 2012



3367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album's awesome. Seeing him tonight, can't wait.

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afergusonart
June 15th 2012



220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

awesome review. love this album so much

MyWife
June 15th 2012



367 Comments


was it a love at first listen



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