Unfamiliar Faces

January 22, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Brushfire Records/Universal
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  • Total Length: 46:34
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  • ASIN: B0012JSO8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,855 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Needless to say, I purchased this cd that very day.
J. C. Alvarez
I thought his first album was really good, but this one is even better. if you liked songs we sing, youll love unfamiliar faces.
Jon V. S.
Love the keys throughout the album, they're full, vibrant, and catchy.
Jeffrey Gehring

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on January 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Who Is Matt Costa?

Now on his third album, its still surprising that not many people even know of this singer/songwriters' existence. Born in 1982, the artist is a Myspace mainstay, but his talent has spread through word-of-mouth, not to mention his endless touring and performing on the indie concert circuit.

Three Artists who I can instantly compare Costa to, should give you some idea of what his music sounds like : Jack Johnson, Colbie Caillat, and the Beach Boys. Of the three, Costa is most similar to Johnson. In fact, on some tracks, the instrumentation and vocals are so eerily similar to Jack Johnson, but unlike him, Costa doesn't rely so much on the beach vibe. Which is probably a good thing. If you're a close observer of the indie music scene, and know names such as Jose Gonzalez and Devendra Banhart, then you should know that Matt Costa sounds very similar to those artists as well.

With a schoolboy voice that admittedly has a limited range, Matt primarily sings of love and life, all set to folk tunes that at times veer toward alternative rock (ever so slightly). So yes, this predominantly slow, mood music that is very much in the vein of "Coco" by Colbie Caillat. For example, listen to "Lilacs" and "Vienna" (the two best tracks on the record). This is clear, sunny, 1960s tinged folk-pop with that 'feel good' factor. Its light, frothy and inoffensive, and absolutely apt for a lazy Sunday at home.

However, in terms of sonic soundscapes, I found that this album was very similar to Norah Jones "Not too Late", in that it got very tedious and 'same-sounding' towards the end. "Bound" and "Heart of Stone" for example, are songs full of good intentions, but its hard to not reach for the 'next' button when these songs are on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Stepniowski on January 30, 2008
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I just got Unfamiliar Faces and Songs We Sing and must say they're both pretty awesome! Having never heard of Matt Costa, I ordered these on a whim based on the relationship with Jack Johnson.

Both of these albums have a fresh, folky and uplifting feel to them. One of the other comments referenced a "Beatles" feel, and I would agree with that also.

As a side note, my three year old loves these albums! He enjoys Jack Johnson as well, maybe because both of these artists seem to create music that's not overcomplicated. It's just pure, meaningful music that makes you feel good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Gehring on January 24, 2008
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Matt Costa channeled the Beatles, brought in the folk, and even busted out bluegrass in this complete and themed based album. Fantastic work from a budding musician. Love the keys throughout the album, they're full, vibrant, and catchy. The final song grabs you even if you don't like bluegrass. Bravo, Mr. Costa and Brushfire records.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Alvarez on July 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Five in the morning, I turn on MTV, hoping for some background noise while I munch on my Cheerios. Still groggy, I watch, dumbfounded by an odd guy running around the streets of some city - possibly San Francisco - playing some strange contraption that consisted of three or four different musical instruments. He was playing an infectious melody about a certain "Mr. Pitiful." Needless to say, I purchased this cd that very day.
Matt Costa is an amazing song writer and a big breath of fresh air in a world of rap and My Chemical Romance. This cd is amazing, from the bouncy "Mr. Pitiful" to the beautifully simple "Vienna"; from the bluesy "Bound" to the catchy folk "Miss Magnolia."
If you appreciate song writing, and you don't mind some originality, this cd is one to check out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. R. on February 27, 2008
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I like his other CD (Songs we Sing) a bit better, but this one is great, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evanly on January 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The song "Trying to lose my mind" sounds like the inspiration for the album. Part of the lyrics for this song say "a girl I knew only liked the old bands". Matt Costa's third album has a little bit of what made the "oldies" great but does those sounds better.

Absolutely great album. Kudos to Matt Costa!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micheal David on January 23, 2008
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A must get along with Songs We Sing.
all of the songs are catchy and very creative

ps also check out Donovan Frankenreiter
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon V. S. on January 23, 2008
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I thought his first album was really good, but this one is even better. if you liked songs we sing, youll love unfamiliar faces. The album is good the whole way through. Its awesome.
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