The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave [Album Review]

by oz on January 6, 2009

The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth ended up in my music library just in time to find a place in our Top 50 albums of 2008. Unfortunately, Shallow Grave is a grower.‚  It would have climbed higher if we’d had more quality time together. The Tallest Man On Earth and I have now been intimate and I’m please to announce that his music is titillating. I hope that was as awkward to read as it was to write.

Here’s his bio:

I am The Tallest Man on Earth. so tall I have a feeling that my funeral will be expensive, they’ll have to saw my body in half and put the two parts in separate graves. I guess some people will mourn the top part, some the bottom.

For those that haven’t been introduced to the man behind the moniker, he’s a Swedish folky named Kristian Matsson. I know what you may be thinking. Another singer-songwriter, Oz? I admit to having a soft spot for solo folk songwriters, but it’s because I’m a fan of quality lyrics and storytelling – and good ole fashioned finger-picking. The Tallest Man On Earth’s fingers dance along the guitar strings and, without pretense or arrogance, he delivers stunning poetry with a weary, youthful voice that’s wise beyond its years. Here’s a sample from the album’s title track:

Come see the sadness of the sailor
As I will scratch his deep blue floor
Already in my years of bad luck
Oh, I broke his mirror long before

Oh when I dive into the water
I’ve raised the bottom to be saved
It’s just a shallow grave

I found the darkness in my neighbor
I found the fire in the frost
I found the season once claimed healthy
Oh, I need the guidance of the lost

The album is a consistent body of work from start to finish, so if you like these tracks, you’ll dig all of Shallow Grave.‚  It’s available on eMusic and the usual suspects.

The Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Found

The Tallest Man On Earth – Into The Stream

The Tallest Man On Earth – Pistol Dreams

Video: Where Do My Bluebird Fly

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody January 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

As Oz can attest to, I really don’t like singer/songwriters. I still struggle to see what all the fuss is over Bon Iver. But this guy is absolutely fantastic.

Emily January 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

I LOVE this guy. He’s amazing, and his live performances are so passionate and filled with talent. Thanks so much for this!

Adrian January 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

Yeah, this stuff is good–I just started listening to him recently.

Oded January 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

The Tallest Man on Earth was a late find for me on 2008 and he somehow made the year complete. I’ve found his bio quite inspiring and not altogether too bogus (see my reason here). All in all though, it’s the truth that he projects that captures the listener.

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