A Must-Buy. Why isn't this guy famous yet?
J. C. Alvarez | 07/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Getting Better With Each Album
Mike ONeill | Philadelphia, PA | 08/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got into Matt Costa after hearing his track on Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George (Jack Johnson). Then after seeing him live shortly afterward I came to really appreciate him as an artist. So once this album came out it was a definite day one purchase.
The album as a whole musically and lyrically surpasses his previous Songs We Sing album with stand outs like Lilacs, Unfamiliar Faces, Cigarette Eyes and Miss Magnolia. The sound of the album has a great blend of acoustic rock and some songs mixed with elements of southern blue grass sound like in Miss Magnolia.
As a whole, the album is a great listen, with barely a bad track in site. But the weaker (but not bad) songs like Bound and Heart of Stone keep it from getting 5 stars. Any fan of the Brushfire record line should pick up this album and his previous Songs We Sing. Anyone else should give a few songs a listen first since it's not for all in the mainstream music scene. Great Album buy a great artist, and make sure you see him live if you are lucky enough to get a chance.