There are two types of musicians we come across, artists and singers. We have tons and tons of singers, singers are the ones who often sing what someone else has written. This does not mean every singer song writer is brilliant, there are heaps of mediocre singer song writers around us, such as the overhyped Adele, Taylor Shit, Lady Gaga. I truly can't stand their music without throwing myself a couple times.
I believe music becomes more relevant, connecting and heartfelt when the artists are sincere and honest with their material instead of targeting a particular audience. Although that's too much to ask in times like these, The Tallest Man on Earth (Kristian Matsson) is one hell of a musician of such caliber. The lyrics, music and vocals are simply a treat. Breathtaking!!! His first three albums showcased minimalistic instruments yet the fourth consists a few instruments, a complete band on most tracks.
I have played his second and third albums, "The wild hunt" and "There's no leaving now" to death, but I keep playing them at least once a day. I can't recall the number of times I have played these albums. The fourth album, Dark bird is home is a concept album and the most sincere work by Kristian to date. The Dark bird is home depict his relationship with Amanda Bergman (Idiot Wind), leading to the divorce. There was also a song about a departed loved one.
There are a handful number of albums we've got during the last couple decades, which can be played from A-Z without pressing the skip button on the remote. The 'Dark bird is home' is definitely one of them, a timeless masterpiece by Kristian. If I list my top 10 best albums at one point down the line, I'll bet two or more Kristian's albums would be there for certain. He is one of the VERY BEST artists I have seen during the last 20 years!!!!!
TMOE albums have been the best albums I have purchased in years, since Explosions in the sky's The earth is not a cold dead place. This is a must have album for every folk music lover, you would play his albums to death yet, you may not get over them for years and years to come. A great timeless album. Looking forward to see Kristian pretty soon. ;-)