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The Tallest Man On Earth @ Hmv Forum London Review

'The Tallest Man on Earth' last night gave a performance at the HMV Forum, London, that was certainly worthy of the impressive moniker. As if it was ever in any doubt, Kristian Matsson proved that his talent and skill as a songwriter and virtuoso guitarist are easily matched by those he posses as a performer. Full of life, beauty and assured confidence, Matsson gained momentum as he went on, ensuring any memories of the ever so slightly lacklustre opening to proceedings were quickly left behind once he really hit his stride. Songs such as the ever infectious 'The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sand', 'Criminals' and 'There's No Leaving Now' were indicative of a vocal display that grew ever more passionate and extravagant as the evening drew on, peaking during the quiet and poignant 'Like the Wheel' and the rip-roaring crowd favourite 'The King of Spain' (delivered with aplomb as the show's finale) The distinctive warble was delivered throughout with the palatable self-belief and boldness of an artist at the top of his game and clearly enjoying the occasion in front of the simply captivated 2000 strong sell out crowd. Other highlights of the night include a gorgeous piano rendition of 'The Dreamer' and the haunting and atmospheric 'Where Do My Bluebirds Fly', although it seems criminal not to describe almost every song performed as such. 'Kids on the Run', 'Lion Heart' and 'You're Going Back' were notable omissions from a setlist understandably dominated by works of the latest LP, leaving some fans perhaps a shade disappointed - although allowing this to detract too much from from one's enjoyment would be a shame. Matsson's easy and natural rapport with the audience was also a joy throughout, leaving the impression of a likeable and humble man, albeit one that acknowledges his talents as one of the foremost contemporary singer/songwriters. Based on performances such as this, it seems only a matter of time before Matsson breaks into the bigtime ? and after a year of almost solid touring ? few would begrudge him doing so when that time comes.
1The Tallest Man on Earth
To Just Grow Away
2Revelation Blues
3I Won't Be Found
4Burden of Tomorrow
6Leading Me Now
7Lost My Shape

David Bazan cover
8Wind and Walls
9There's No Leaving Now
11The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands
12Love is All
13The Sparrow and the Medicine
14Where Did My Bluebirds Go
15Like the Wheel
16The Dreamer

Performed on the Piano. Initially missed that catchy guitar lick but the piano chords
really placed emphasis on Matsson's vocals, which were immense.
18The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

Would have been better near the beginning of the show but w/e, nitpicking.

Paul Simon Cover. Had to look the covers up afterwards. Both were done v v well.
20The King of Spain

Could the finale been any other song?
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