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The Wild Hunt Import


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 11 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • ASIN: B0038QMREA
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. The Wild Hunt
2. Burden of Tomorrow
3. Troubles Will Be Gone
4. You're Going Back
5. The Drying of the Lawns
6. King of Spain
7. Love Is All
8. Thousand Ways
9. A Lion's Heart
10. Kids on the Run

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Acclaimed Swedish folk troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth (aka. Kristian Matsson) will releases his second full-length, 'The Wild Hunt'. It is impossible to discuss The Tallest Man on Earth's music without acknowledging Bob Dylan. The seeming effortlessness, the melodic sensibility and the deft lyricism all recall Dylan's early years. But when you witness the Tallest Man on Earth perform live you are watching a man possessed. The energy pours out with every word. Full of intensity and raw emotion, he paces the stage, bringing the audience into the palm of his hand, completely lost in his songs. Releasing his debut album 'Shallow Grave' in 2008, Matsson became the subject of instant acclaim and adulation. Yet it wasn't until Matsson supported Bon Iver throughout a U.S tour in 2008, that his profile started to rise abroad. On every night of that tour, they were introduced to something truly special with obsessive crowds growing each step of the way. 'The Wild Hunt' is ten perfect songs and picks up where 'Shallow Grave' left off, with Matsson doing what he does best. from the urgent strums of "You're Going Back" and the sweet melodies of "Love is All", to the playful lyricism of live favourite "King of Spain" and the subtle hook on "Burden of Tomorrow". 'The Wild Hunt' isn't just another folk album; this is acoustic rock 'n' roll from a man with a story to tell.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AM on May 18 2010
Format: Audio CD
how refreshing to hear someone like The Tallest Man on Earth. With all the high-gloss pop/pap around at the moment that pretends to have something to say, Wild Hunt is quite refreshing in its honesty and lack of pretension. Dylan-Shmillen, this guy is good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on Jan. 3 2013
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
This is such a great album, and I was really excited to get it on vinyl, but unfortunately the quality of the pressing seems cheap. The record is thin and flimsy like what was evidently common in the 70s and 80s, and there are minor distortions around the rim and the center hole was not molded correctly, leading to a bit of distortion towards the inner tracks. This is too bad because the recorded sound quality (to say nothing of the quality of the music itself) seems fine.

It does come with a free digital download, which is nice and should be standard for vinyl, IMO.
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Unbelievably unique singer songwriter, The imagery portrayed in his songs are simply unmatched in today's top 40 junk world... Amazing
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By Jim Cudmore on Sept. 13 2014
Format: LP Record
Love this album!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Kristian Mattson's Talent Transcends the "Next Dylan" Tag July 5 2010
By Gavin B. - Published on Amazon.com
I cringe whenever the critics label an up and coming musician "the next Dylan". However benevolent one's intentions may be, comparing any up and coming performer to Dylan is usually the kiss of death for the the performer. When critics play "Dylan card", it creates an impossibly high set of expectations and usually results in sort of critical backlash that can kill the career of an aspiring artist. There is only one Bob Dylan and Dylan himself has rarely lived up to the heroic expectations of his fans and followers. Over the years, "the next Dylan" has been used on preformers as P.F. Sloan, Barry McGuire, Bob Lind, Peter Mulvey & Lloyd Cole and look what it did for their careers. Dylan's earliest peers like Dave Van Ronk and Phil Ochs both played out their careers living in the shadow of Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen was about the only survivor of "the next Dylan" tag and as it turned out, Springsteen turned out to be something very different from Robert Zimmerman. The Tallest Man on Earth is Latest entry to the "next Dylan" sweepstakes and his abundant musical talent makes it even harder to sidestep use of the Dylan analogy.

On his second full album the Tallest Man on Earth (Swedish folk singer Kristian Mattson) is moving out from under Dylan's long shadow to craft his own body of work that stands both aside and apart from Dylan's. Dylan was and still is. capable of doing a lot with his reedy and nasal voice, and by my ear Mattson's voice has a similar expressive and passionate quality. But the Tallest Man enjoys at least full octave advantage over Mr. Zimmerman in his vocal range. Mattson's guitar playing is ragged, strident and far more self assured than Dylan even at that height of his early coffeehouse days when Dylan was absorbing the complex finger picking styles of Bleeker St. guitarists Dave Van Ronk, Rev. Gary Davis and Eric Von Schmidt. I'm not going to deny the striking similarities between Mattson and Dylan either, but I'll also remind you that Mr. Dylan was often accused of channeling Woody Guthrie for the first 4 or 5 years of his music career.

Mattson performs without a backup band and he almost seems like an anacronistic approach in the age high tech electonica, but it works in his favor because it gives his music a timeless quality. Except for the clear fidelity of the recording, there's little to suggest that these tunes weren't recorded in the American South in the early part of the last century, on the porch of some particularly contemplative backwoods poet. "Wild Hunt" is simply as good as any album I've heard in 2010 and I hope the Tallest Man on Earth survives "the next Dylan" label and keeps making great music own his own terms.

NOTABLE TRACKS: The Wild Hunt, King of Spain, Love Is All & You're Going Back
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Heck to the Ya Sept. 27 2010
By ::Sara:: - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the best albums I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. With that said, he's not for everyone (as my friends and family like to continuously remind me) - but with a brief concentration on his story, you may begin to see how his voice ties with the poetics of his lyrics, so perfectly. I wouldn't have it any other way! He sings about friendship, lost love, longing love, angry love, hopeful love, and a whole lot of subjects that can hit close to home. It's an album full of metaphors, some of which I still trouble myself over deciphering, but that is part of the enjoyment. A new story unfolds each time I listen to a song.. a new interpretation, or a more emphasized meaning. I love his raw, slightly high-pitched, raspy voice, and I look forward to all of his future releases - he will not disappoint, I'm certain. He's too full of emotion to lose touch of the music he creates. One man, a guitar.. that's all you really need to feel the warm fuzzies.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No sophomore slump here April 14 2010
By J. Noland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan for about a year now, thankfully discovered his music (not very mainstream) from a friend and had the opportunity to see him live. It's a shame this artist isn't more well-known. In any case, this album is fantastic, exactly what I was expecting, and slightly more polished than his first album. Also the piano sneaks in here on the last track, which is a departure from his one-man-band guitarist lineup, and it's a beauty. Buy this album, you won't be disappointed, and check out his earlier stuff too if you're not familiar.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Such a tight album! April 14 2010
By Shawn C. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If there was any doubt that the Tallest Man on Earth is an incredibly talented folk musician, this album will surely smash those doubts. This album ranges from upbeat make-you-wanna dance tracks to earthy hymns that float on the air and bring beauty to the ears. This album is much tighter than his first (although Shallow Grave is nothing to scoff at by any means). I highly recommend this album to the curious listener as well as Tallest Man's first album Shallow Grave.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Music, I've missed you Oct. 12 2010
By Ryan McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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I had never heard of The Tallest Man on Earth before purchasing this album. The songs on the album speak volumes to me and have reconnected me with my love for music briefly lost. Highly recommended.

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