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Eva (Italy) - 2007 Blue

LABEL: Heart Of Steel Records
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Angelo Grassi - vocals * Steff Brusa - keyboards * Paolo Petrini - guitar * Jacopo Giuliano - bass * Giovanni Massari - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Before I Say Goodbye * 02 Why Don't You Call Me * 03 Do You Know * 04 One Day Without You * 05 Blue * 06 Day By Day * 07 My Home * 08 Dance Of Love * 09 Wings * 10 Searchin' * 11 Ready Or Not



Right back in 2000 we were introduced to Italian melodic rockers Eva. Their debut album (indie release at the time) was released that year, and achieved a wider market release the following year being rebadged as the album 'One' by AOR Heaven/Point Music. Former GDAZE reviewer Luigi Cisaria and myself did an interview with the guys way back then, but over the following years, the band sort of slipped off the radar. It appears they haven't disappeared into total obscurity, with a surprising return to form seven years later, armed with a new album called 'Blue', which has been released on a burgeoning new Italian label - Heart Of Steel Records. From that original band line-up of 2000 and 2001, only singer Angelo Grassi and keyboardist Stefano Brusa remain. A completely new rhythm section and guitarist join the duo for Eva circa 2007.

The Songs
From the outset, you can tell immediately that this is a very professional sounding band. Stef Brusa has a degree in classical piano, and knows how to wrap the ivories around a few of these melodic rock gems. Let's take a journey through their songs.. First up, you gotta love the brief trance/pomp like keyboard intro to 'Before I Say Goodbye' - the song settles into a nice AOR groove before too long. Brusa taps out some Toto like keys amid the melodic aural assault. 'Why Don't You Call Me' is probably the best known song off the album, thanks to its presence on Eva's MySpace page. The deep melodies wraps itself around your senses courtesy of tender piano lines, synth layers and well placed guitars in the mix. Plenty of synths and organs take up the space on 'Do You Know'. The mid-section takes an interesting turn with a trance like passage before resuming its rock direction. Without doubt, the classiest tune I've heard in a while is the tender 'One Day Without You'. It's not wimp-out city for the entire duration, as it does have a bit of sting in the tail. Very cool track nonetheless. The title track 'Blue' has an improvised fusion feel to it. There's a jazz rock/AOR crossover here which this talented bunch handle with ease. Eva move into pop rock territory with 'Day By Day'. This is by far the furtherest away from their brand of melodic rock, but good to hear a bit of contrast. 'My Home' returns to familiar territory, though this is a bit 'paint-by-numbers' in my opinion, while 'Dance Of Love' takes us back to the 80's with its hi-tech arrangement and parping keys. 'Wings' has a little bit in common with Toto, particularly the deep and meaningful side of the band we heard on 'Falling In Between'. 'Searchin' gives us a slow build-up, but after a minute or so, Eva are in full-flight, with guitars and keys harmonising wonderfully. Stef Brusa provides more keyboard wizardry on 'Ready Or Not', and for me to discover this little beauty of a song at the end of the album proves the point that you really have to navigate right through to its final conclusion to find such hidden gems.

In Summary
Due to its low-key promotion, apart from MySpace (which as we know is the world's biggest social engineering project.. forgive me for repeating myself.. lol!), 'Blue' might fly a bit lower than the melodic rock radar can detect. Hopefully we can help improve the visibility mode of this album through this website. Musically it's an impressive package, though I will say the vocal work from Grassi may not be to everyone's tastes - it's ok for mine though. As an aside, take a look at who else Heart Of Steel Records may have on their books. This could be a label to watch out for, and with Eva on their books, things are looking upward.

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#1 | Jez on March 24 2009 03:24:40
Eva's debut 'The One' peeked my interest somewhat with some of the songs on it and generally it was a pretty good disc. My one little misgiving (and it was a minor one) was in the very accented vocals, that at times, I found very hard to understand. That is still the case with 'Blue' to some degree, but the quality of the songs on here compared to the debut are absolutely miles ahead. Top top quality AOR throughout, with absolutely NO weak links at all to my ears. The band sounds great, production is nice,without being overdone and even though the vocalist is still hard to understand in places,I really like his vocals in general (Go West's Peter Cox anyone?. I don't know how many people actually got to hear this disc, as It hasn't been mentioned much anywhere and even I completely forgot to add this to my top 20 discs of last year, which was a major error. Brilliant stuff and a must have AOR disc.
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