I’ve been listening to There’s No Leaving Now steadily for the past few days. In 2010 I hailed The Wild Hunt as the third best album of the year, and I’ve been singing the praises of The Tallest Man On Earth ever since. Upon my first tour through the new album, it didn’t immediately knock me out. I have to admit, I got pretty annoyed with Kristian Matsson and his unwillingness to make a record I immediately loved.
But then I listened to it again, and again, and again. Over the course of maybe ten listens I started seeing things a bit more clearly, understanding some of the nuance of this work. This is a bigger album than The Wild Hunt, in both the scope and production Matsson has turned it up a notch. There’s No Leaving Now has a more cinematic feel to it, and if you know TTMOE, you know that he’s the musical equivalent of a Spielberg or Scorsese.