Italo-Scot Chris Andreucci may have had some of his plans postponed due to COVID-19 but his latest EP release ‘What Don’t Kill You’ demonstrates how he is more than ready to take the world by storm with his classic country musicality and honey-coated voice.
Each track flawlessly blends known genre nuances with a modern feel, creating a gateway for new fans to find a love for country, without preventing people with a passion for the more traditional from sitting back to enjoy.
The 6 track offering really does have something for everyone. A strong start is provided by ‘Here Comes The Rain’ , which introduces listeners to what they can expect from the rest of the EP: guitar-heavy backing, smooth vocals and steady pacing.
The chorus is infectious yet straightforward, proving Andreucci to be an effective writer. ‘Tonight I’m Yours’, and ‘Thunderstorms & Rain’ provide a softer side, maintaining the pacing and power behind each note but allowing for a more serene feel. These tracks are very ballad-like but refuse to dissolve into cheesy proclamations. They are complemented perfectly by ‘Drinking Song’ and ‘The Only Love That Never Broke My Heart’ which both utilise more electric guitar and generate a more pop-like tone, evident of the modern twist present throughout the EP.
The closing song and a real highlight of the EP is ‘Freedom’, a dramatic culmination of all things experienced throughout ‘What Don’t Kill You’ with strong storytelling, big builds into choruses and a drawn-out ending that truly closes the book on the EP.
Overall, Chris Andreucci has created a modern country experience that delivers on both music and lyrics. Whilst he may not have been able to attend the ‘Country 2 Country Festival’ due to it being cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic, this EP alone is proof that he deserved to be on the line-up.
“2020 has been a crazy year. It was set to be a year full of highs – a performance at C2C Festival at The Hydro in Glasgow alongside my favourite artists such as Luke Combs, an EP launch and then a move out to Nashville in July. But in reality, like so many other people, the year was filled with lows…“
“… I’ve been fortunate enough to still be able to do something that I love and I’m hopeful that next year things will slowly get back to normal. I’m looking forward to playing the rescheduled C2C gig in Glasgow as well as the Texas Scottish Festival, in Decatur next May.” – Chris Andreucci
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