Marie Digby – Unfold – review

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Marie Digby
Artist: Marie Digby
Title: Unfold
Label: Hollywood
Rating: 6.5/10

Corporate line:
Los Angeles native singer/songwriter Marie Digby has caused a stir in cyberspace and the media with a series of highly successful music video performances on YouTube. Combining her own material and her own unique take on songs written by other artists, Marie has built a devoted following of fans all over the world with 15 million (and counting) views of her clips. Starting in Los Angeles, there’s been a mini-explosion of attention as radio stations have found first her version of “Umbrella” and now her single “Say It Again”, fresh and winning. NBC’s Carson Daly had Marie perform on his show August 2.

With sold out shows at L.A. nightspots, select national dates with Brett Dennen, nationwide radio hits, a growing media profile (including features in the Rolling Stone “Hot” issue, New York Times, Spin, Lucky, Wall Street Journal, Girl’s Life, Cosmo Girl and L.A. Times) plus songs that people just can’t get enough of, 2008 is shaping up to be a great year for Marie Digby. Her debut album “Unfold” is an April 8, 2008 release.

Marie is also one of 5 artists to be featured in GAP’S spring 2008 ad campaign “Colors”. Marie’s EP “Start Here” and Christmas single “Bring Me Love” are currently available online.
Marie (pr. Mahr-ee-ay)

Best cuts:
“Miss Invisible” – Finally, Digby makes me feel something. Digby makes you believe she lived as the girl in the song and suffered. The song has soul and that is why it gave me chills.
“Stupid For You” – When Digby is sitting alone at the piano she sounds great. This is a beautifully quirky song that proves Digby is more than a pop singer. I wonder if she is an Aimee Mann fan.
“Spell” – She’s put a spell over me. Again, she is on the piano and completely selling ever word.

The rest:
“Fool” – This is a pretty song but not a hit. It lacks a great hook and the power of an artist like Avril Lavigne.
“Better Off Alone” – Digby has a sweet voice but that isn’t enough to make for a great song.
“Say It Again” – It seems to me that every song has a similar formula and sound. There is a spurt here of songs where each sounds similarly average.

Finally:
Marie Digby has talent and the future is certainly bright. It doesn’t hurt that she looks like a star. My only advice would be to keep her behind the piano. If you have a few minutes go to Youtube.com and check out the Marie Digby channel. She is more interesting to watch than any silly MTV video. Then again–we have to wonder if all these amateur videos were a brilliant viral marketing plan by Hollywood Records. If it was it sure worked on me.

Watch the video for “Miss Invisible”:

Watch the video for “Stupid For You”:

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