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The Wild Hunt

The Tallest Man On Earth

The Wild Hunt

Second album from Swedish singer-sonwriter Kristian Mattson

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Dead Oceans
UK Release date
12/04/2010
  1. 9.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Matsson has surprised us all with a work that flips his shtick on its side and briefly eschews convention altogether
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  2. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    He may act as if he’s the tallest man on earth, but he may very well literally be a talent of Goliath proportions
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  3. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    However you play it, it is a truly excellent album
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Even if we are all buying into the incessant quest for what’s new and what’s next, everyone needs to take a moment to slow things down enough to listen to the exquisite beauty of The Wild Hunt
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  5. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    He uses the barest of pop-folk settings to give mundane moments - another break-up, another tour, another change of season, another Dylan comparison - a grandeur so disproportional that it's difficult not to identify and sympathize with him
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    He may still owe quite a bit to some musical legends, but he does them, and himself, the most justice by not nodding to them on this record. The Wild Hunt is his record, first and foremost. And it is an excellent record
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Matsson has made a stunningly genuine folk record that compares favourably to staples of the genre dating back to Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin'
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    The Tallest Man On Earth may very well be the saviour of modern folk
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Ageless melodies with vivid, fluently poetic images. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    In some cases, his imagery seems to come from the same wellspring of demonic intimation that fed original country bluesmen like Charley Patton and Robert Johnson
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It's just him and a guitar throughout, but he plays wonderfully
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  12. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Steeped in the country end of the American folk tradition, it draws on Dylan’s mentor, Woody Guthrie, as much as it draws on Dylan himself
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  13. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Listening to it makes me want more fingerpickin’, more howling, more of what Matsson does best...sometimes experimentation is overrated, that sometimes playing it safe yields a pretty damn gratifying result
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  14. 6.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   NME

    Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A lovely collection of heartfelt songs that will keep good company, serenading you on those cold rainy days when silence is too lonely and anything more is too much to bear
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s a pity that so many can’t get beyond Kristian Mattson’s one-in-a-billion voice, because this is a singer-songwriter who has much to offer
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  18. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    A short, unadorned set of hurriedly strummed acoustic songs that stand or fall depending on the listener’s tolerance for his strangulated vocals
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  19. 6.0 |   State

    The Wild Hunt is unlikely to win The Tallest Man on Earth many new fans, but it will satisfy most of those who were singing along to Shallow Grave
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  20. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This album lacks distinctly in original thoughts, or ideas, or anything that doesn't bring to mind a few predecessors
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