Thursday, May 14, 2015

Best New Album: Tallest Man on Earth's "Dark Bird is Home"

After a very long week, this is exactly the kind of album I wanted/needed to listen to.

Stemming from previously twangy, unplugged releases, The Tallest Man on Earth's newest album, Dark Bird is Home, is everything and more; I think it's his personal awakening, recorded.

The Kristian Mattson (AKA Tallest Man on Earth)/Bob Dylan similarities are still here - fluttering and reminiscent - but with more brio and dimension than any of his other work I've heard.

While I'd hate to base this review off comparisons, I can't help but note that this album is reminiscent of everything (other than Dylan) I've grown up with and adored - so much so that Dark Bird feels like it's 20 or 30 years late. I hear Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Dire Straits, Tom Petty and more of the timeless sounds that make every song inexplicably classic.

Thank goodness, there's no shortage of wistful, plucked ballads (the album opener "Field of Our Home" shook me from the get go) and Darkness on the Edge of Town-style piano odes like "Nowhere Towns." But beyond those, there's robust, multi-instrumental folk-rock anthems that deserve a car with open windows; namely, "Darkness of the Dream," Timothy" and "Slow Dance."

This is exactly what I needed, and I bet you'll feel the same once you take a listen.

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