The Tallest Man on Earth

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Concert Review: The Tallest Man on Earth
@ Lincoln Hall, Chicago

The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) rolled into town on Friday night, and if you’re curious; no, he’s not really all that tall. But he does bring with him a big voice. And despite the Chicago show being the last of a string of 30+ shows that voice didn’t show any signs of wear. Playing the entirety of his current album, The Wild Hunt as well as some cuts from his earlier album, Shallow Grave, he held the capacity crowd in the palm of his hand for well over an hour.

I really can’t say enough about Kristian’s guitar playing, but the real star of the show is that voice. Combining the delivery of early Bob Dylan with a dynamic range that’s just incredible it really is a treat to see him take to the mic in person. Highlights of the show were “The  Gardener,” a cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and set closer “King of Spain.” The intimate nature of Chicago’s Lincoln Hall was the perfect setting for this show, and opening act Nathaniel Ratlieff was no slouch either, with his band providing a great buildup for the main act. Expect to see Nathaniel headlining in Chicago before too long.

The Tallest Man on Earth will be back in this Chicago in July for the Pitchfork Music Festival, until then, enjoy ”King of Spain.”

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