Kristian Matsson may never escape comparisons to folk-era Bob Dylan, but on his second full-length as The Tallest Man on Earth, the Swedish singer/songwriter seems unconcerned about that.
Aside from piano-driven closer Kids On The Run, it's still just Matsson and his guitar, a sparse arrangement he manages to wring a lot out of, thanks to his evocative nasal delivery (sound familiar?) and acoustic guitar proficiency. From the nimbly finger-picked Troubles Will Be Gone to the emphatically strummed King Of Spain, he provides instrumental variety that never overshadows his poetic lyrics.
It takes guts to stick to a style so obviously indebted to an all-time great. But as long as Mattson's releasing albums as strong as this, we won't call it hubris.
Top track: King Of Spain
The Tallest Man on Earth plays the El Mocambo April 17.