Marié Digby – Unfold

As a trained musician, I sometimes have a habit of taking on a somewhat snobbish view
toward music that isn’t over- complicated by orchestration. My brain often needs puzzles to unravel in order to maintain interest. Having said that, I think Marié Digby may have shed some light on this issue for me. I’ve never quite been able to define “good pop music,” but to me, this is it. Digby’s latest record, Unfold, makes you want to sing along before you even know the words. It’s simple, it’s lovely, and it’s infectious.

The popularity of female singer-songwriters is raging. It can be intimidating to compete with the likes of Leslie Feist, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Alanis Morissette, Lisa Loeb, Sara Bareilles…the list goes on; but this LA songstress can join the ranks with her head held high. Her voice is gorgeous. She certainly doesn’t have the unbearable whine that seems so many female vocalists develop. (Avril Lavigne, anyone?) Instead her tone achieves a breathtaking beauty, and stays that way throughout the entire record. After witnessing the boom of popularity Colbie Caillat‘s “Bubbly” received, I have no doubts that any track of this album could easily be a hit.

Digby puts all of her emotions out on the table, which is really no surprise as she has cited the struggles of young adulthood as her prime inspiration. She has created an extremely autobiographical and relatable record, without forcing the listener to dig for the meanings. She does a fantastic job of taking the listener through the most universal human emotions. I have no idea how many times I have listened to Unfold while preparing this review, but the song “Miss Invisible” has made me cry every time without fail.

Somehow Digby is able to express loneliness in the music itself. You can feel her voice breaking during the entire song, and it shoots straight into the heart. The chords spark tears before the equally touching lyrics even begin. I also love the tune “Spell.” It removes the rhythm section and showcases very simple and gorgeous piano and vocals, for a soothing experience. Digby’s album finishes with her rendition of Rihanna‘s smash hit, “Umbrella.” I’ve always had a weakness for acoustic covers and Digby does a great job of incorporating key elements of the original while making it her own.

While I think this is a solid pop record, some people may find this album too bubblegum or candy-like (unintentional, yet appropriate, reference to Mandy Moore’s 2005 compilation). But in all honesty, who doesn’t enjoy a sweet aftertaste? I know I do. Go listen tracks from this delight on Digby’s MySpace. Buy it. Own it. Love it.

Marié Digby: myspace | fansite

by: Lindsay

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