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Dark Bird Is Home is the fourth LP by The Tallest Man on Earth. It was released on CD, digital and vinyl on May 12, 2015 through the label Dead Oceans.[1][2] The album is the first in his discography to feature a full band playing on almost every track.

Dark Bird Is Home
The Tallest Man On Earth - Dark Bird Is Home (2015).jpg
Studio album by The Tallest Man on Earth
Released 12 May 2015 (2015-05-12)
Genre Folk
Length 41:53
Language English
Label Dead Oceans
Producer Kristian Matsson
The Tallest Man on Earth chronology
There's No Leaving Now
(2012)There's No Leaving Now2012
Dark Bird Is Home
(2015)
Singles from Dark Bird Is Home
  1. "Sagres"
    Released: 25 February 2015
  2. "Dark Bird Is Home"
    Released: 14 April 2015
  3. "Darkness of the Dream"
    Released: 10 November 2015

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The songs of the album were recorded in various countries, studios, and barns, and are said to "carry a weather-worn quality, some dirt and some grit." [3] BJ Burton announced via his Instagram page that production on the album had begun in July 2014 and concluded in September 2014.[4][5] The album is said to be Matsson's most personal and direct piece of work, inspired by the death of a close family member and by the divorce from his wife, singer-songwriter Amanda Bergman.[6][7] A trailer for the album was released on February 10, 2015, with Matsson proclaiming that "this is not the end, this is fine".[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [10]
The A.V. Club B-[11]
Consequence of Sound B+[12]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[13]
Exclaim! 8/10[14]
The Guardian      [15]
Mojo      [16]
Paste (8.5/10)[17]
PopMatters 8/10[18]
Pitchfork 6.7/10[19]
Q      [16]

Dark Bird Is Home received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[9]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted in the United States at No. 1 on Folk Albums, No. 8 on Top Rock Albums, and No. 67 on Billboard 200, with 8,000 sold in its first week.[20]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Kristian Matsson.

No. Title Length
1. "Fields of Our Home" 4:29
2. "Darkness of the Dream" 5:02
3. "Singers" 3:09
4. "Slow Dance" 3:39
5. "Little Nowhere Towns" 3:30
6. "Sagres" 5:15
7. "Timothy" 4:19
8. "Beginners" 3:16
9. "Seventeen" 4:09
10. "Dark Bird Is Home" 5:05
Total length: 41:53

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 98
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 69
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[23] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 8
US Billboard 200[25] 67

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/58399-the-tallest-man-on-earth-returns-with-new-album-dark-bird-is-home/
  2. ^ http://www.scdistribution.com/thetallestmanonearth/
  3. ^ http://ryman.com/events/TallestManOnEarth
  4. ^ https://instagram.com/p/qKj8TTljCg/?modal=true
  5. ^ https://instagram.com/p/tZInMaljJT/?modal=true
  6. ^ http://deadoceans.com/blog/2015/02/album-announce-watch-the-tallest-man-on-earth-dark-bird-is-home-album-trailer-out-may-12th/
  7. ^ Gallagher, Caitlin (May 11, 2015). "Q&A: The Tallest Man on Earth's 'Dark Bird Is Home' Was Almost 'Too Personal'". Spin. 
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjsu5_fGvo8
  9. ^ a b "Dark Bird Is Home – The Tallest Man on Earth". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dark Bird Is Home – The Tallest Man on Earth". Allmusic. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  11. ^ "Bigger isn't better for The Tallest Man On Earth". 
  12. ^ Corcoran, Nina (2015-05-06). "Album Review: The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird Is Home". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  13. ^ Langham, Matt. The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird Is Home. Drowned In Sound. 07 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  14. ^ Sylvester, Daniel (2015-05-12). "The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird Is Home". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  15. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. The Tallest Man on Earth: Dark Bird Is Home review – a sumptuous drivetime cocoon of soft rock. The Guardian. 07 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  16. ^ a b [1]
  17. ^ Prado, Ryan J. (May 12, 2015). "The Tallest Man on Earth: Dark Bird Is Home: Music Reviews". Paste. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ Whitelock, Ed. The Tallest Man on Earth: Dark Bird Is Home. PopMatters. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  19. ^ Larson, Jeremy D.. The Tallest Man on Earth: Dark Bird Is Home. Pitchfork Media. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  20. ^ Emily White (May 21, 2015). "X Ambassadors' 'Renegades' Rises, Tallest Man on Earth Debuts on Rock Charts". Billboard. 
  21. ^ Ryan, Gavin (16 May 2015). "ARIA Albums: Ed Sheeran X Returns To Number 1". Noise11. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Tallest Man on Earth | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  23. ^ "The Tallest Man on Earth Chart History (Top Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "The Tallest Man on Earth Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "The Tallest Man on Earth Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.

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