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YouTube phenomenon Marié Digby rode the internet video channel to a hit iTunes single, a Gap ad, and a song on Smallville. Digby's homemade videos feature her acoustic interpretations of hits by Rihanna, Linkin Park, and others -- "Umbrella" being the most popular -- and her debut includes more fully realized versions of those songs alongside Digby's originals. Sunny California pop ("Say It Again") shares space with confessional tales of teen angst ("Spell") on this promising debut.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At first glance, it seems that singer/songwriter Marié Digby has a lot going for her -- or a lot of strikes against her, ...
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YouTube phenomenon Marié Digby rode the internet video channel to a hit iTunes single, a Gap ad, and a song on Smallville. Digby's homemade videos feature her acoustic interpretations of hits by Rihanna, Linkin Park, and others -- "Umbrella" being the most popular -- and her debut includes more fully realized versions of those songs alongside Digby's originals. Sunny California pop ("Say It Again") shares space with confessional tales of teen angst ("Spell") on this promising debut.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At first glance, it seems that singer/songwriter Marié Digby has a lot going for her -- or a lot of strikes against her, depending on your perspective. A cute twentysomething hailing from California, Digby hits upon every single mainstream pop trend of the new millennium. She first surfaced as the 2004 winner of Pantene's Pro-Voice Music Competition her winning tune, "Miss Invisible", signaling her comfort with cozying up to corporations, something that only increased as she came closer to the spring 2008 release of her debut album, Unfold, as she appeared in a Gap campaign and had her songs heard on Smallville. Much more significantly, Marié covered Rihanna's inescapable hit "Umbrella" in the summer of 2007, with her version initially appearing as an acoustic cover on YouTube, where it became a viral hit, leading to her version being heard on MTV's reality show The Hills, paving the way to the release of Unfold. All this chumminess with mall culture undoubtedly raised Digby's profile, but it also had an unwanted side effect of painting her as a musician who existed only as a corporate creature -- an impression that is unfair because at its best, Unfold is a winning, tuneful debut that displays stronger songcraft than those initial forays into mass culture might suggest. Digby possesses a warm, sweet voice but she's more of a conversational singer than a showy diva, which was the secret to her "Umbrella" cover, as she zeroed in on both the melody and the emotional thrust of the song. She demonstrates the same skills on her original tunes, but Unfold is blown up to a grand scale, all the better to be heard as bumper music on TV or in the background of a store. To her immense credit, Digby has enough pull in her voice and might in her melodies to sound comfortable in this context, and although on the softer moments she can't break through the glistening surfaces of the productions, when she has the right song she is as good as mainstream pop gets in 2008. High on the list of highlights is the opening "Fool," "Stupid for You," which swings like a sweetened Aimee Mann, and "Girlfriend," which is fueled equally by crunching power chords and surprising defiance by Digby, although the adult-pop-by-numbers of "Better Off Alone" and the sugary symphonic "Beauty in Walking Away" aren't far behind, either. These are the moments on Unfold that not only suggest why Hollywood Records and so many corporations are so hot on Marié, but better still they're also the reasons why pop fans should ignore all that commotion and concentrate on the very good music she has to offer on this appealingly slick debut.
Entertainment Weekly - Emily Shur
On her debut, Unfold, Digby serves up some midtempo pop-rock love songs of her own, backed by an anonymous, slick band. Rest assured, there's also a polished studio take on that ''Umbrella'' cover.

On her debut, Unfold, Digby serves up some midtempo pop-rock love songs of her own, backed by an anonymous, slick band. Rest assured, there's also a polished studio take on that ''Umbrella'' cover.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616261021
  • Catalog Number: 162610
  • Sales rank: 143,483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fool (4:08)
  2. 2 Better off Alone (3:54)
  3. 3 Say It Again (3:41)
  4. 4 Miss Invisible (3:52)
  5. 5 Stupid for You (3:22)
  6. 6 Girlfriend (3:39)
  7. 7 Traffic (4:00)
  8. 8 Voice on the Radio (4:50)
  9. 9 Spell (4:37)
  10. 10 Beauty in Walking Away (3:39)
  11. 11 Unfold (5:27)
  12. 12 Umbrella (6:20)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marié Digby Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes
Charlie Bisharat Violin, Concert Master
Sharon Celani Background Vocals
Gia Ciambotti Background Vocals
Frank Coglitore Bass
Larry Corbett Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Chris Horvath Hammond Organ
John Nau Strings, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Tom Rothrock Guitar, Percussion, Soloist
Pete Thomas Drums
Mike Daly Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, chamberlain, Omnichord, Reed Organ
Dave Bassett Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar
Sara Parkins Violin
Craig MacIntyre Percussion, Drums
Mike Tarantino Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Duckles Viola
Gerardo Hilera Violin
Rodger Carter Drums
Lance Konnerth Electric Guitar
Aaron Sterling Percussion, Drums
Peter Bradley Adams Keyboards
Charlie Paxson Percussion, Drums
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Scott Cutler Composer
Thaddis Kuk Harrell Composer
Tom Rothrock Producer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Mike Daly Producer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer
Dave Bassett Composer, Producer
Anne Preven Composer
Ken Sluiter Digital Editing
Jim Dyke Composer
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Mike Tarantino Engineer
Eric Sanicola Composer
Ryan Corey Art Direction
The-Dream Composer
Marié Digby Composer
Allison Elbl Publicity
Marc Nelkin Composer
Charlie D'Atri Marketing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Music!

    I love this new artist. Marie Digby has really impress me. I watch her Youtube videos and I fell in love with her music. I love every song on the album. People really need to listen to this they won't be disappointed. Go Marie Digby!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!

    this is by far one of the most heartfelt driven albums I have heard. You can instantly tell that a lot of time, passion and effort was put into each and every one of these songs. It's definitely a buy you won't regret!! :-"

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