Monday, July 21, 2008

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Graves

Apparently people think this guy sounds like Bob Dylan. OK, he does, a lot. And not just his voice, but his whole relaxed and ramshackle approach to folk music that is verbally dense but nevertheless sounds like loose quad-pop. Weirdest thing of all perhaps is that the Tallest Man on Earth isn't from the American plains or deep south; instead, he's Kristian Matsson from Sweden. Let's set that potential authenticity issue aside, however-- lord knows that Dylan himself practiced a hell of of a lot of self-mythologizing-- and focus on the songs, which seem to effortlessly tumble from the speakers and into your brain. As our reviewer and resident Dylanologist Amanda Petrusich put it: "Ultimately, Shallow Graves transcends comparison, which is saying an awful lot, given the popularity of its prototype, and Matsson is a natural-born folk singer-- earnest, clever, and comforting."




Ivan_Idea said...

Hey, really dig your posts; you have great taste.

But it'd probably be cool if you credited the PItchfork writers on these album synopses.

Dulce said...

Keep up the good work.