Annie and Rod Capps – When They Fall

Album Review | Yellow Room Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

The dozen songs on When They Fall, the eighth album by the Michigan-based husband and wife team Annie and Rod Capps, have a bright and breezy feel, yet nothing here is what you might call lightweight. Performing together since the early Eighties, the two multi-instrumentalists have traversed their own musical landscape, dipping their toes in rock, musical theatre, Americana and country to find the sound they present here.  The uplifting “Poor Old Me” sets the toes-a-tapping with some ease, despite the desperation of the message, with a perfectly timed homage to the Stones in the coda. “Beautiful Scarecrow” brings a sense of 1950s radio in its arrangement, like the songs our folks listened to in post war hardship; just gorgeous to listen to.

Time is addressed in both “Brevity” and “Happy New Year”, reminding us of how time slips away, and don’t we know it.  With a cover illustration presumably representing the album’s penultimate song “This Little Apple”, one of the album highlights, the song name checks those that have served, Leonard Cohen, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Glen Frey and Guy Clark among them.  Closing with “Build the Fire”, gives us an open invitation to sing a campfire chorus in the good old tradition, successfully capturing the essence of this duo’s unmistakable sound.

Choice Track: “This Little Apple” (NSV 488)