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Unfamiliar Faces


Download links and information about Unfamiliar Faces by Matt Costa. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Theatre/Soundtrack, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 49:42 minutes.

Artist: Matt Costa
Release date: 2008
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Theatre/Soundtrack, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 13
Duration: 49:42
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No. Title Length
1. Mr. Pitiful 2:55
2. Lilacs 4:15
3. Never Looking Back 4:04
4. Emergency Call 4:59
5. Vienna 4:03
6. Unfamiliar Faces 4:06
7. Cigarette Eyes 3:16
8. Downfall 2:46
9. Trying to Lose My Mind 3:50
10. Bound 5:06
11. Heart of Stone 3:51
12. Miss Magnolia 3:18
13. Miss Magnolia (Full Band Version) 3:13



Matt Costa's sophomore effort, Unfamiliar Faces, finds the singer/songwriter delving into similar territory to his 2006 debut, Songs We Sing, crafting hummable, somewhat intricate AM pop-influenced tracks. As with other similarly inclined artists like Josh Rouse, Costa trades in a kind of grab bag, post-alternative rock singer/songwriter style that references '80s British icons like Morrissey and the Cure as much as it does classic singer/songwriter and sunshine pop touchstones like Todd Rundgren, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, and others. A pleasant presence on record, Costa's vocal style does bring to mind a mix of the Shins' James Mercer and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, and admittedly his odd penchant for affecting a British accent is a bit annoying — he's from California for gosh sake. That said, tracks like "Mr. Pitiful" and "Cigarette Eyes" are immediately catchy and radio-ready singles that display Costa's obvious knack for Brit-pop-inspired songcraft. Similarly, such atmospheric and melancholy affairs as the very Smiths-sequel "Vienna" and countryish "Never Looking Back" are affecting and moving ballads perfect for the afterglow set.