Unfamiliar Faces - Matt Costa
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  • Summary: The California-born singer's follow-up to his 2006 record was produced by No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. With a plucky guitar, harmonica, piano, and sun-burnished vocals, Costa knows how to work gospel's euphoric uplift into secular music, though he follows the blueprints of his idol (a 'Hurdy Gurdy Man'-era Donovan) a tad too closely.
  2. His second album is braver and more expansive and, in the case of 'Cigarette Eyes,' surprisingly angry. He's getting near to brilliant. [Feb 2008, p.95]
  3. 76
    'Emergency Call,' with its Jerry Rafferty-esque hook, marks the highpoint of the album. But the ditties are offset by introspective ballads like 'Never Looking Back,' with its mournful melody, and 'Bound,' a song in which Matt gets his dander up and renounces a woman who’s wronged him.
  4. There’s no question Costa has progressed since his first EP. But as he ventures on his musical journey through the past, he might want to look at the albums of the 1960s icons he so admires and think about if their "progress" improved their music or diluted it.
  5. Certainly there's more to Costa than a one-man acoustical jam, even if his pleasure zone isn't far from the AM Gold dial.
  6. With such a young, singular talent, it’s a shame to hear him aping other styles when he clearly is full of a wealth of unexplored talent.
  7. Costa's sophomore album is every bit as anaemic as the Johnson connection suggests.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5