Eva Cappelli & the Watershops Band

Eva Cappelli & the Watershops Band
Don't Send Me Flowers

Self Release

By David Wilson
December 2013

I became aware of Eva, a singer songwriter from Western MA for the first time when I caught her performance at the 3rd annual Riverside Blues and Barbecue Fest earlier this October in Greenfield. That performance led me to check out her latest CD.

There are four things that I particularly like about this release.

As I repeatedly state, if you are a songwriter with a message to impart to your listeners, diction is essential. Eva sings with near perfect diction and rarely do I have to strain to catch any word.

Eva writes songs that not only reflect her life experiences in both physical and inner reality, but she frames the story in a way that provides each of us a personal connection to that experience. There is no unattached emotion expressed, every bit of it securely anchored to a recognizable image or simile. Witness this verse from “Timber”.

Such a simple image yet imbued with hope, lack of control, risk of disaster, all easily recognizable to anyone who has given themselves up to impending love.

Throughout the recording, from the title song “Don’t Send Me Flowers” up to but excluding the final cut, “Finally Over You”, Eva gives us vignettes so familiar to musings and experiences similar to ones in our own lives that we easily associate. Doing so tempts us to sing along, and her lyrics are eminently sing-able, as are her melodies, further adding to our connection with the material.

I excluded the last cut which while interesting as an experiment in mood and presentation does not feel, to me, finished.

The last and by no means least thing I particularly like about this release are the arrangements by Joe Carvahlo. They provide a subtle and intricate setting for Eva’s voice reinforcing the delivery without ever obscuring it. It is rare that I find the backup to a vocalist interesting enough to warrant the opinion that it is worth listening to just for itself, but in this case I am comfortable with that claim.

Eva’s blues chops are decidedly in the country and honky-tonk arena. Her presentation reflects wisdom from experience and an amusement with her enduring and surmounting said experience.

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