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Editorial Reviews

2010 album from the singer/songwriter. Mining his long time love for '60's Psychedelic superheroes like Donovan, 13th Floor Elevators, the Zombies, the Electric Prunes, and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Mobile Chateau is a bold step forward into the kaleidoscope beyond, and a fitting follow up to the sublime Songs We Sing and Unfamiliar Faces LPs.


1. The Season
2. Johnny's Love Of Majik
3. Drive
4. Mobile Chateau
5. Can You Tell Me
6. Idol
7. Witchcraft
8. Painted Face
9. Bleeding Hearts
10. Secret
11. Strings Of Change
12. Next Time

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Brushfire Records
  • ASIN: B003YCI22Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Kelder on September 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I got into Matt Costa through Jack Johnson's record label, and I have enjoyed him immensely. I especially liked Unfamiliar Faces, with it's acoustic feel and increased instrumentation. I looked forward to the release date of Mobile Chateau and bought it the day it came out.

On first listen, I didn't know what to think. Actually, my first thought was that I had downloaded some MP3s of lost Beatles music. This is not any Matt Costa you have heard before. You have to listen to him as an entirely new artist. I was shocked that this was the same guy.

After a few listens, though, I realized that it is the same style of music, just with a LOT of new instrumentation thrown in. Electric guitar, piano, horns, and different percussion are used extensively for an entirely new sound. Is it good? I think so, but make sure while buying this that you are buying a heavily 60s influenced CD, not a Jack Johnson influenced CD. Creatively, I would say this a step up. My problem is that it is SO different from his other albums that it will catch most people off guard. Try it, but keep an open mind.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Gray on November 8, 2010
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I wasnt going to review this album, until I saw all the negative ones. It is totally unfair that such a great album could get such a lousy rating just because a few fans don't like his new direction. I've never listened to matt costa's work before, but at the price of 3.99, the thirty second samples sounded good enough. After listening to the album, I was rather impressed. I've always dismissed Matt as just another dude with an acoustic guitar making radio friendly alterna-pop, which if that was the case, he has clearly gone off in a way better direction. The overall feel of the disc is, as others have mentioned, a pshycadelic 60's feel. On certain songs it almost sounds like ringo is on the drums or george martin is producing. After learning the this album was self produced, I found myself praising it more. This album belongs aside the likes of Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, etc., rather than jack johnson and eric hutchinson. If that's not your thing, sorry, but it's still a good album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan L. Manes on September 27, 2010
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Ok, let me open up by saying i LIKE this new album by Matt Costa. It is well done, produced beautifully and has some really catchy tunes that only Matt could write. All of that being said, i think on this album he at times gets almost too psychedelic and at points doesn't sounds like himself, if this makes ANY sense. The music IS good and to me, it sounds like an artist trying to make an album which expands his listeners horizons as well as his own.

Will it work? I suppose it depends on the willingness of the listener! I know i'll get into the album as it is enjoyable, just not as immediate as some of his other work.

The final song sounds like a spliced version of Devendra Banhart and Matt Costa all wrapped into one.

Highlight tracks: Witchcraft, The Season, Drive , Mobile Chateau
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 27, 2010
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When I first put this album on, I was blown away with how different it sounded from his other 2 albums. I was expecting there to be more acoustic feel, and I was way off. I am loving the new album, and I love the psychedelic sound he has given us. The first 5 songs are great, but the album really picks up at (6.)Idol, and onward. I enjoy the 'B' side alot.

There are so many influences on this album from bands of the 1960's, and I hope he keeps it up.

Great album, it took little time to warm up to. And I am sure it will take longer for other listeners, but in the end, fantastic music.
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By Samyaza on December 26, 2012
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It resembles his older works more closely than it does his more recent album Unfamiliar Faces. Even so, it represents a new direction for Matt Costa.

As many others have said, this album has drawn on the 60's and psychedelia for its musical inspiration. The instrumentation is quite different from the more simplistic instrumentation of the past, but I still enjoyed many of the songs. Many people seem upset about the fact that this album is so different from his other work, but honestly I felt this to be a very predictable direction for him. These influences were always in his music; they just weren't as prominent. He has switched up his style quite a bit in the past despite his modest discography.

If you like Matt Costa (by that I mean the entirety of his work), you will probably like this album. If you like Unfamiliar Faces, then you may want to look up some of the songs on youtube or something first before buying the album outright.
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So it's mid-October, and I'm listening to WXRT-FM ("Chicago's Finest Rock") while driving to an appointment. Almost at my destination, a Sixties-sounding song that I've never heard before, but instantly love, starts playing. After parking, I sit in the car waiting for the announcer to name it. It turns out to be by Matt Costa, "from his new album, Mobile Chateau."

I've never heard of Matt Costa before, but now I'm on a mission. The next morning, I'm on Amazon.com listening to the samples. I note that some other reviewers, who have heard Costa's previous work, are shocked by the Sixties sound of this album. I *love* the sound of it, however, and order the album without hesitation. When it arrives, it quickly goes to the top of my "active" CD pile--the ones I'm listening to right now. And it's stayed there ever since.

In short, this album made me a Matt Costa fan, and I'm hoping to hear more from him in the same vein.
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