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."