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Mari‚ Christina Digby is an L.A. raised singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist from a Japanese Irish American family. She is best known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's No. 1 hit "Umbrella", which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the third season opening episode of the MTV show The Hills,[1] and peaked at #10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby's first official single, "Say It Again" is on her debut album, Unfold.

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0019M80Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,703,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lai Ming Kwan on April 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I first stumbled upon Marie' Digby on YouTube a while ago, when a friend linked me to her acoustic cover of Rihanna's hit "Umbrella". I was told that a cute girl with a guitar did a good cover of the song that drove me up the wall, and that I had to check it out. I've been hooked to Ms. Digby's music ever since.

For those who have heard Marie's music through her YouTube videos, the first comment that I will make is that the record sounds nothing like the acoustic/ coffeehouse style/ stripped down versions that exist online. This record has all the makings of a slickly produced pop record, with some extra gloss thrown in for good measure. The record is extremely refined, and sounds, well, like a pop record in terms of production. With that being said, that does not take away from Marie's beautiful voice, amazing songwriting abilities, and gorgeous looks. I would have, however, preferred a record that sounded a bit more organic in terms of production, but you can't have it all I suppose.

One highlight on the record is the extremely catchy hook of "Traffic", a song that I first fell in love with from her online video. I still prefer the acoustic version better, but still a great track nonetheless. The raw emotion that Marie' expresses through her autobiographical tune "Miss Invisible" is evident in the recording, and is absolutely brilliant. "Unfold", "Beauty in Walking Away", "Better off Alone" and "Voice on the Radio" are other tracks that are must listens.

Marie's keeps it simple with respect to her songwriting, sticking to autobiographical story telling in her lyrics paired with simple melodies. Beauty in simplicity. Overall, a great record by a great artist. Marie' deserves all the accolades in the world, and she has put together a great record here. A record that stands on its own two feet when compared with other in the pop-rock genre. A must listen.
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One thing comes to mind when I review or listen to any new singer/songwriter who is a young woman (ages 17-24). I don't critique their voices, but the other production values of the album. I don't mean this in a bad way but all of their voices sound alike. Michelle Branch. Bonnie McKee. Sara Bereilles. Kate Voegele. These are great singer/songwriters who are young and balance that line of pop and rock. And now there's Marie Digby. But the thing is - listen to all of their songs. With the exception of a few songs and chords, they mostly sound the same. Great voices - all of them (Voegele's Don't Look Away tends to have a little more range in terms of her electric guitar-playing and her vocals, which I like). So I tend to pay more attention to the music and the lyrics. One of the greatest of this group that I had heard was Michelle Branch and her debut album The Spirit Room. The others are all good as well. They have infectious hooks that leave you bopping your head to their melodies. They all write about love and relationships and their as-yet-unknown place in the world. And they're all very pretty and extremely talented. Marie Digby also has all these things; even being beyond pretty; beautiful is the word I'm looking for here. But where she differs from the others is her extremely experienced lyrics (that surpass the previous artists) for someone who has just broken into the music business. This sounds more like a sophomore album (at the least) as opposed to a debut album.

The first song, "Fool," with its acoustic guitar by Miss Digby herself sets the pace for this album.
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I read that you were a philosophy major going for a law degree but gave up on that path for your love of music. Good for you, I wish I had your strength to go for what you love as a career. Your first CD has great production & sound in the Folk Rock tradition with a lot of acoustic instruments, but you are in the crossroads on what music could be about. Notice that I wrote COULD rather than SHOULD. Do you want to write about songs about not being a "Girlfriend" in the vain of Brittany Spears, or songs about eternal love & truth versus the dangers of daily life? Your songs "Beauty in Walking Away" & "Unfold" are a perfect example of what I am writing about songs with universal meaning. If you want to make money but still be a true musician you can follow the example of Norah Jones, but your music sounds more closer to Aimee Mann & for that your going have to fight the music industry. Let me encourage you to take up the fight & show those money hungry vultures who reinforce youth's bodily passions that they can't control you. I found your CD at a thrift store unopened with a Walmart label on the front cover & bought it never hearing your music before. I will buy a newer CD of yours & see what path you have chosen.

Sincerely PhiloX
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Unfold is Marie Digby's debut CD, and like many young artists she delivers very uneven, mixed results. She is undoubtedly talented. While listening to the track "Spell", I noticed vocal similarities to Amy Lee of Evanescence. Those familiar with Lee's voice know that this is a pretty high complement. Digby's voice is not quite as strong, but I found the similarities to still be pretty compelling. The lyrics on Unfold, however, are an albatross to Digby. Her youth shows on this collection of songs and none more so than on her YouTube hit "Umbrella". I had not heard the original version of this song, and I was actually enjoying it until the chorus where we are treated to the following gem:

"Under my umbrella ella ella/eh eh eh"

not once but *four* times! Other songs such as "Girlfriend", "Stupid For You", and "Miss Invisible" are garden variety songs that won't find much interest beyond the middle and high school girl demographic. It is disappointing that Unfold seems to be targeted at such a narrow audience. Digby does, however, avoid some of the instrumental trappings that many of the CDs for this target market fall into. She does not overly rely on the monotonous bass line or electronics that many of the club oriented teen pop feature. Rather she features piano, acoustic, and electric guitar that are arranged pretty well throughout the CD. Overall, Unfold shows Digby to be an artist of promise that is still somewhat unmet. With some better song choices/songwriting she has the potential to be an artist to be reckoned with.
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