Album Review: Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Simple guitar strums underneath raspy, throaty vocals are two signatures of Swedish singer-songwriter The Tallest Man on Earth (Kristian Matsson). In his recent release, There’s No Leaving Now, there’s a beautiful balance created between these elements. For the most part the album is raw and honest, though at times the lyrics border on cryptic.
In “Little Brother” Matsson obviously struggles with tough love in terms of when to give up on this “little brother” who can’t overcome his drinking problem. The song wrenches your heart and pulls at your emotions as his vocals are particularly hollow, strained, and sad. It begs the question of the truth behind this song.
There is certain honesty and purity to Matsson’s singing ability that is evident throughout the album, especially on tracks with minimal instruments like “There’s No Leaving Now” and “On Every Page.” They rely solely on lyrics and his vocals which communicate a vulnerability that effortlessly captures the listener.
Overall, the album is stripped of filler which offers an album full of emotion and natural talent.
There’s No Leaving Now is a unique find, especially for indie folk lovers looking for something on the softer side.
Review by: Cheryl Stornelli