EP – What’s Not Plastic – Digby

Posted by admin on November 17th, 2007

  • Band / Artist : DigbymySpace
  • Genre : Rock / Pop
  • Sample Track Download : N/A
  • Buy CD : MySpace
  • Free/Donate Digital Download : iTunes
  • Rating : 7.5 out of 10

Digby always brings to mind the cult children’s movie, “Digby, the biggest dog in the world”. Whilst this 5 track EP is in no way a dog, it does feel like it’s a bit in conflict with itself. If I solely flipped through the tracks, listening to brief soundbites, I’d probably pick out 2 tracks that were great and decide against reviewing it. This isn’t the way things work however and I really felt the EP had a lot more to offer than I first thought, this was evident after a good 3 or 4 plays.

Call me an old fart, but the first track “New America” just doesn’t deliver. It’s not that it’s a darker, harder rock sound, it just doesn’t seem to have any real direction and has a roughness that is almost for roughness’ sake. “Self Evaluation” was also not my cup of tea, the first few plays around, but it really began to grow on me and I really began to appreciate the overall sound of the group. It’s probably no surprise that “Bad Swing” was one of the tracks that made me prick up my ears, first time around. It’s a very melodic and relaxed track, which is in stark contrast to the raw, but again less frenetic than earlier vocals. “Knocking At Your Door”, is again one of the mellower tracks on the EP, with a rockier chorus section and while it’s very pleasant, it is little more. The final track “How Long” reminds me a lot of another previously reviewed band, Hopewell, or rather a couple of specific Hopewell tracks. This brings to an end an EP that has some great moments on it and indeed grew on me quite a bit since my initial listen.

All through the EP, I kept being reminded of Rod Stewart in his Faces days, probably when he sounded his greatest. All being said, this is a great EP, that’s currently being given away, with request for donations if you like the EP. You simply can’t go wrong.

Conclusion : Two good tracks, two great tracks and one that’s not my cup of tea. I’d love to see the band develop the mellower side, but I’m sure many of their existing fans would prefer the opposite. Ah the joys of independent music.

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