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Top 10 Songs of the Week (2/27)

on February 27, 2015, 1:00pm
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3. The Tallest Man on Earth – “Sagres”

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“Sagres” is without question The Tallest Man on Earth’s biggest, shiniest song to date. That means it runs the risk of sacrificing the Swedish songwriter born Kristian Matsson’s best quality, his vulnerability, as he trades in his usual voice-and-acoustic-guitar formula for a more-is-more landscape populated by violin, mandolin, and backing vocals. It’s comparable to The War on Drugs’ own leap forward in ambition last year (also by way of lusher instrumentation and longer song lengths), but Matsson doesn’t let the production do all the work. His vocal melodies and guitar figures feel expertly effortless, marking an exciting return from a born songwriter. Find “Sagres” on Tallest Man’s fourth album, Dark Bird is Home, out May 12th via Dead Oceans. –Michael Madden

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