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Unfamiliar Faces [Vinyl] [Original recording]

Matt CostaVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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When Matt Costa sat down to write what would become Unfamiliar Faces, the follow-up to his 2005 debut full-length Songs We Sing, the singer/songwriter took his most treasured belongings and put them on a shelf — then stared at them and just let the memories flow. “That way I could see everything that I loved,” he explains (the collection included his favorite books, a giant ... Read more in Amazon's Matt Costa Store

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  • Vinyl (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Brushfire Records
  • ASIN: B00116GOG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Pitiful
2. Lilacs
3. Never Looking Back
4. Emergency Call
5. Vienna
6. Unfamiliar Faces
7. Cigarette Eyes
8. Downfall
9. Trying to Lose My Mind
10. Bound
11. Heart of Stone
12. Miss Magnolia

Editorial Reviews

When Matt Costa sat down to write what would become Unfamiliar Faces, the follow-up to his 2005 debut full-length Songs We Sing, the singer/songwriter took his most treasured belongings and put them on a shelf then stared at them and just let the memories flow. "That way I could see everything that I loved," he explains (the collection included his favorite books, a giant wooden pipe, and a box of old 45-speed records from the late 1950s). "I let my imagination wander. Regular life isn't as exciting as an imaginary life." On the strength of the folky, beautiful Songs, which displays his gentle artistry and skillful acoustic guitar playing, Costa earned a rep as an L.A. buzz act, crisscrossed the U.S. in a van, and performed at all the major North American music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits among others. Invigorated by onstage collaborations with tour openers like Los Angeles rockers The 88 and Elvis Perkins, he returned to California and wrote nearly all of Unfamiliar Faces in Sacramento, then recorded the album in the spring of 2007 in Santa Ana, again with Dumont, even inviting Adam Merrin from The 88 to play keys on a few tracks. It's Costa's second release on Brushfire Records, the label co-founded by Jack Johnson, who has been a longtime supporter - the two fellow musicians have toured together several times and collaborated on numerous soundtrack projects.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All You Need to Know : A Great Third Album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! January 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back the keys January 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Buy. Why isn't this guy famous yet? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Matt Costa! February 27, 2008
By K. R.
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to lose my mind January 31, 2008
By Evanly
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing January 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars hella good January 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy ditties that just make me want to sing
After taking a moment to listen to all my Matt Costa albums over and over, i've determined this one to be my favorite. What does it? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dan L. Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sophomore effort
Often, the dreaded sophomore jinx comes when an artist, who's had years to hone songs, only spends a few months to a year putting together a second effort. Read more
Published on January 18, 2009 by Geoffrey F. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better With Each Album
I got into Matt Costa after hearing his track on Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George (Jack Johnson). Read more
Published on August 19, 2008 by Mike ONeill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I drove 6 hours this past weekend and kept going back to play this album.
Published on May 5, 2008 by KT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Order shipped the next day and arrived in perfect condition. Great price and great product.
Published on March 10, 2008 by Jeffrey Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet sound!
Matt has shown tremendous growth as a musician and definitely shows an awesome amount of growth. He's really starting to round out his sound!
Published on February 24, 2008 by Thomas Marsan
4.0 out of 5 stars A More Evolved Matt Costa
This album went above and beyond my expectations for Matt Costa's sophomore release. I really enjoyed his first album and various EPs and was hoping this album would be as good as... Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by cih024
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Costa is on the verge of greatness! Another Brushfire classic!
After acclaim from his contribution to jack johnsons Curious George: Sing-A-Longs and Lullabiessoundtrack, a supporting act on tour with Jack Johnson the reception that his first... Read more
Published on January 30, 2008 by Badr
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