The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now There’s No Leaving Now… Unless you can swim

Review: The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

Published on June 28th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

…on which Kristian Matsson ditches the the hearty rasp that graced 2010 LP The Wild Hunt in favour of a more Dylan-y wail, with typically lovely results.

Benevolent, fast-yet-gentle fingerpicking rendered thick and shady by a sepia-tinted production: this is the order of the day on There’s No Leaving Now, the bittersweet folk-pop of which is bound to have already prompted many a reviewer to use adjectives like ‘nostalgic’ and ‘heartfelt’, although with lyrics such as “Send away free for the boat / And your kid will lose a battle / But your ways will let him go” it can occasionally stray into the realms of the inscrutable.

Mostly, though, it’s like a warm, glowing melting pot of I Am Kloot, Ivan Campo and Fruit Bats, blessed with memorably world-weary refrains such as “sometimes it’s just roses dying too young” (“Revelation Blues”), “they shook the earth in 1904” (“1904”) and “Why are you drinking again, little brother / When your rambling’s the hard part of loving you?” (“Little Brother”) set to dancing melodies, blissed-out chord progressions, some nifty guitar work…and, on minor-key closer “On Every Page”, a sophisticated, classic European feel that The Tallest Man on Earth wears well. A direction for album four, perhaps?

Little here will surprise you, but if you just want to lie in the grass and lose yourself in beauty then here’s a good album to keep you company.

Rocksucker says: Three and a Half Quails out of Five!

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There’s No Leaving Now is out now on Dead Oceans. For more information, please visit


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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

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