Lowlands "Gypsy Child" Gypsy Child Records

A big sounding band that blend roots rock highway anthems with folk rock anthems. This Italian band sing in English and sound American. Given that Green and Red keyboard Chris Cacavas player help to mix the album with producers and band members Edward Abbiati and Roberto Diana that should not be surprising. Cavacas also quests on a trio of tracks as does Australian band You And I's Tim Rogers and American lap steeler Mike Brenner. Abbiati sings well has has no trace of his native language in his impassioned vocals. Abbiati is also writer for the 7 piece band who are capable of subtly as well as a full on sound. The band's playing is good and the sound strong even if what they're doing is not particularly original or distinctive outside of the overall parameters of their chosen songs. But that doesn't take away from the fact that all the component parts of the songs and of the playing deliver as they're supposed to. In the end it's down to the songs  and some stand out like the accordion bolstered Between Shades And Light, Without A Sigh and the frantic Gotta Be (Something Out There). There are some songs that are stripped back as with the solo guitar and voice of the sad He Left or the lament of the closing Blow, Blue Wind Blow which features Amanda Shires on fiddle and vocals. Lowlands have I'm sure built up a strong loyal fan base and when they tour give a powerful show that like this album will find fans who go for the big sound they make.