Unfamiliar Faces

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Unfamiliar Faces
Studio album by Matt Costa
Released January 22, 2008
Recorded Spring 2007
Genre Folk
Label Brushfire
Producer Tom Dumont
Matt Costa chronology
Songs We Sing
(2005/2006)
Unfamiliar Faces
(2008)
Mobile Chateau
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Album Project 4/5 stars [2]
Paste Magazine 2/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media (5.4/10) [4]
JustPressPlay (8.5/10) [5]

Unfamiliar Faces is the second studio album by Matt Costa, released on January 22, 2008. In the spring of 2007, Costa teamed up with long-time friend/producer Tom Dumont (No Doubt guitarist) and recorded twelve songs for the album.

CD Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr. Pitiful" - 2:56
  2. "Lilacs" - 4:15
  3. "Never Looking Back" - 4:04
  4. "Emergency Call" - 4:59
  5. "Vienna" - 4:04
  6. "Unfamiliar Faces" - 4:06
  7. "Cigarette Eyes" - 3:18
  8. "Downfall" - 2:47
  9. "Trying to Lose My Mind" 3:52
  10. "Bound" - 5:09
  11. "Heart of Stone" - 3:54
  12. "Miss Magnolia" - 3:19

European bonus track:
13. "Lovin' (feat. Ane Brun)" - 1:52

Double Vinyl LP Track listing[edit]

On February 5 Brushfire Records will release the double vinyl version of Unfamiliar Faces, pressed at Nashville's historic United Record Pressing

Side A:

  1. "Mr. Pitiful"
  2. "Lilacs"
  3. "Never Looking Back"
  4. "Emergency Call"

Side B:

  1. "Vienna"
  2. "Unfamiliar Faces"
  3. "Cigarette Eyes"
  4. "Downfall"

Side C:

  1. "Trying To Lose My Mind"
  2. "Bound"
  3. "Heart Of Stone"
  4. "Miss Magnolia"

Side D (etched vinyl):

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Sales and chart performance[edit]

Unfamiliar Faces debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 11,000 copies in its first week.[6] The album received mixed reviews, gaining a score of 59 on metacritic.com and 30 from the Observer music monthly.

Notes[edit]

  • "Mr. Pitiful" was the first single to be released from this album on October 7, 2007.[7]
  • "Mr. Pitiful" was released as a free "Single of the Week" on the iTunes Music Store in Canada and Australia.
  • "Mr. Pitiful" is used in commercials for the iPhone 3GS.
  • "Mr. Pitiful" is featured in the movie and also appears on the soundtrack for the film, I Love You, Man.

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