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  • Summary: The latest EP from Kristian Matsson was recorded while he was on tour.
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Like the Wheel
Oh I wish I was the sparrow in your kid's eye Like a fly above is summer all day long On an island in the heart he has to carry Past the many you... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Dec 8, 2010
    A fine melodicist, Matsson quiets his fiery side on the Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird EP, but even when he's going the delicately pretty route, his songs aspire to greater heights.
  2. With Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP, he does more than just add to his collection of tunes--he reaffirms his commitment to expressing the human spirit. And as identifiers with that spirit, we lean forward, eager to hear more.
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    There is distinct pastoral element at work in the Tallest Man on Earth's songs. He invokes the elements and the myriad forces nature: rivers, islands, rocks, clouds, birds, meadows, rainstorms, hail, forests, weeds, lilies and wheat.
  4. Of these five tracks, only closer "Thrown Right At Me" is underwhelming, plain where it compatriots are--much like the great plains themselves--full of hidden idiosyncrasies despite outwardly appearing flat and one-dimensional.
  5. Dec 8, 2010
    Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird is still the sound of a man who's totally comfortable in his own skin. You're also likely to find great comfort across these five tracks.
  6. Blues is as thoughtfully and carefully constructed as either of Matsson's albums, revealing the nuances of his sound and subtly putting the lie to the notion that he needs anything besides his weathered voice and beat-up guitar.
  7. Sometimes The Blues is Just a Passing Bird is a quieter set of songs, and an EP that continues to reveal both the talent and ambition of one of the most exciting folk artists of recent years.

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  1. Feb 23, 2022
    leave it to TMOE to make one of the strongest Eps of the last 30 years out of spare bangers he was worried didn't fit in with wild hunt. theleave it to TMOE to make one of the strongest Eps of the last 30 years out of spare bangers he was worried didn't fit in with wild hunt. the dreamer remains his rock star moment that ends every show and rightly so. Little river and like a wheel mange to be both dark and uplifting at the same time the way he actss this record out with his voice is flawless a masterwork Expand
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