June 22, 2010

The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt

Sound-a-likes: Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine,
Dr. Dog

After releasing Shallow Grave, you'd expect Kristian Matsson of one-man-band The Tallest Man on Earth to try something new for his next album, after all, that is how artists evolve. But for the most part, he sustains the same folky tone. And I mean really stripped-down folk, like only guitar and vocals, much like his first album.

So is The Wild Hunt better than Shallow Grave? Yes. In general, the songs sustain a lighter tone, and on The Wild Hunt, Matsson tries out some more ambitious singing. Also, the songs are still very catchy, and the melodies and lyrics are superb. There is a small part of me that wished that he had tried maybe a drum track, or some sort of string arrangement for some of the songs, but you have to give this Swedish Bob Dylan credit for making such a simple album again, that is easy to catch anyone's attention and draw them in. There isn't a lot to expect from this guy, and I think that's a good thing.


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