Digby – What’s Not Plastic

Digby – What’s Not Plastic / 2007 Toucan Cove / 6 Tracks / http;//www.digbyonline.com / http://www.toucancove.com /

Digby start out “What’s Not Plastic” with a brand of rock that links together middle to late nineties rock with a little bit of Our Lady Peace to create something that can speak equally well to the past and present rock fan. The production is solid, and while there is a lot of guitar fuzz during “”New America”, the solid vocals shine through brightly. This is not a radio-ready track but it pushes Digby closer to the creation of one. “Self Evaluation” brings a little bit of Dylan into the lead vocals, while the somewhat Spartan style of the rest of the band’s instrumentation is closer to The Replacements and Husker Du than anything else. The addition of the synthesizer to the mix gives the track a fullness that only increases Digby’s stock further.

“Bad Swing” has the guitar work of “The Gambler” that is given a much newer sound with the inclusion of the piano and vocals; with Digby’s ability to stick in the present and past, it should not be surprising to see individuals trumpet Digby’s cause with each subsequent track. “Bad Swing” may be the track to bring Digby continued fame. While the style of this track eschews much of the rock style that Digby has created up to this point, “Bad Swing” is able to speak to a wider array of fans with a style that mixes up U2, Maroon 5, Snow Patrol and Coldplay into one act. There may only be five tracks on this CD but individuals get a good feel for the limits of the style that Digby can do. There may not be the one big hit that band needs, but each of these tracks are solid and will stand up to repeat listening. Check Digby out now or when their EP comes out.

Top Track: Knocking

Rating: 6.4/10

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